The Choir is widely recognised as one of the world's great Catholic choirs and exists to sing at the daily celebrations of Mass and Vespers in the Cathedral, as well as performing a number of concerts, tours, broadcasts and recordings each year.
The Choir's repertoire is unique amongst English Cathedrals. Drawing on the pre-reformation tradition and the current liturgical practices of the Roman Church, Gregorian Chant forms the backbone of every service. Polyphonic music is drawn from across several centuries but the bias is towards music of the Counter Reformation, thus the Choristers have a daily diet of some of the finest music from the last millennium.
The choir is made up of approximately 20 Choristers who sing both treble and alto (unique for a British cathedral choir) and up to 10 professional Lay Clerks.
The normal weekly schedule is:
Monday to Friday: 5pm Vespers (Men's voices) and 5.30pm Mass (Full choir - boys only on Tuesdays and men only on Wednesdays)
Saturday: 10.30am Latin Mass
Sunday: 10.30am Solemn Mass and 3.30pm Solemn Vespers and Benediction