Visiting Choirs

Carlisle Cathedral welcomes visits from outside choirs. Choirs must be able to sing psalms, responses, settings of the canticles and anthems at Evensong, and music for the Eucharist if singing on a Sunday.

“Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth”

Carlisle Cathedral

Opportunities for choirs to visit Carlisle Cathedral arise when the Cathedral Choirs are unavailable. During the longer school holidays, visiting choirs usually sing on Saturdays and Sundays, or from Friday to Sunday. During term-time, visiting choirs are welcome on Saturdays.

Singing in Carlisle Cathedral is both challenging and rewarding. If you are interested in bringing a choir to sing, please contact the Music Department Administrator musicadmin@carlislecathedral.org.uk.

Our new information pack for visiting choirs is available to download below, along with an application form and music lists.

Information Pack

Application Form

Sunday Music List

Weekday and Saturday Music List

Feedback received from a Visiting Choir in June 2024:

“Well, our long-awaited visit to Carlisle Cathedral seems to be over in a trice! What a delight it was!

Our guide had just the right approach, making the tour fascinating yet not too overwhelming with a surfeit of information. We are most grateful to him. The same goes for the Head Verger, James, who was most helpful in all respects.

What wonderful acoustics the cathedral has! Such a joy in which to sing, and the organ too produced a tremendous range of sound, greatly enjoyed and appreciated by our organist.

All of these things take far longer in the planning than in the actual execution and I am most grateful for all the assistance given.

It was such a wonderful opportunity for us all, so thank you for making it possible.”