Portsmouth Cathedral Choir is made up of 24 boy choristers, 6 Probationers and 12 gentlemen (including 6 Choral Scholars) who contribute to the pattern of daily cathedral worship. The choristers rehearse on weekday mornings at 8.00am before a normal school day in preparation for the week’s music. In any normal week the Cathedral’s Choirs sing for at least 6 services.
The Choir also sings at various special services and events both locally across the diocese and internationally, and has toured Belgium, Holland, Sweden, France, Estonia, Sweden and more recently Germany and Belgium. At home in the UK they have also sung at St Paul’s Cathedral, the Queen’s private chapel at St George’s in Windsor Castle and at Westminster Abbey. The Cathedral Choir maintains strong links with the Royal Navy and takes part in a number of services for them. Highlights include the annual Royal Marines Band Service and the Second Sea Lord’s carol service on HMS Victory and we were particularly delighted to board HMS Queen Elizabeth for her commissioning in the presence of the monarch.
In the Summer of 2018 they broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 for Choral Evensong and Christmas 2018 saw the Cathedral Choir on a tour of Belgium, which included performing at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate. We are looking forward to singing in Poland in May 2020 as well as a number of key events such as our annual performance of Handel’s Messiah on 21 March, singing at the Chapel Royal of St James’ Palace in May and Evensong in Canterbury Cathedral in July as part of Becket800.
Visit their website for further information: portsmouthcathedral.org.uk/cathedral-choir