Christ Church Cathedral has enjoyed a long tradition of music of the highest caliber in its liturgies and worship celebrations. There is a great deal of variety in the musical offerings at the Cathedral, where the choirs sing music that spans centuries, from Renaissance and Tudor motets and Bach cantatas to traditional Anglican choral pieces and new compositions by living composers. An expansive repertoire of organ music is heard on the 2003 Lively-Fulcher instrument both in worship and in concert (Read more the Lively-Fulcher organ).
Music is a vital part of the Cathedral’s liturgies, offered to the glory of God and for the nurture of his people. From the sounds of our youngest choristers’ voices or the softest strings on the organ to the roar of the full organ accompanied by brass at large festivals, music is at the heart of all we do.
The aim of the Cathedral musicians is to provide a continuum for musical involvement on which those interested in music may find themselves at any time, lending their voices and instrumental skills to create glorious music to the praise of God in this Cathedral. The Cathedral Choristers may begin their training and singing in weekly liturgies in second grade. The Cathedral Choir is a 28-voice auditioned and highly skilled choir that sings weekly liturgies, as well as Evensong several times a year and the annual Festival of Lessons and Carols in Advent. The Parish Choir is a volunteer choir that sings four times a year, participating in a simple rehearsal before the liturgy. Volunteer instrumentalists and singers provide music for Breaking Bread at Six offerings.