"Lincoln Cathedral Choir is one of the finest in the country"
Photo by Gareth Williams
With a history dating back over 900 years, Lincoln Cathedral Choir is one of the finest in the country. It regularly appears on both radio and TV, and has made a large number of commercial recordings.
The choir has toured in many European countries including France, Germany, Holland and the Czech Republic.
Lincoln Cathedral Choir sings Evensong, widely considered to be “the jewel in the crown of sacred choral music and worship”, every day apart from Wednesdays. It also sings several services on Sundays including Morning Prayer at 11.15. These services are open to people of all faiths and none. To hear the choir sing is a truly moving experience and one you will not easily forget.
Lincoln Cathedral Choir consists of a section of boy trebles who sing the top line of music, alongside a back row of ‘lay vicars’ who sing alto, tenor and bass. Historically, the adult section of the choir – the lay vicars – was all male until Lincoln broke with tradition in 2011 by appointing its first female scholar. A girls’ section was introduced into the choir in 1995, and sings alongside the lay vicars every Thursday and alternate weekends.
The boys and girls of the choir are educated at nearby Lincoln Minster School, often having been awarded musical bursaries to help with school fees. Even after they have left the choir, most will remain at the school as music scholars until they finish their secondary education.
To augment the alto, tenor and bass sections of the choir, the Cathedral runs a choral scholarship scheme for post-graduate or gap-year students who are interested in joining a cathedral choir.
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