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The Cathedral Consort


Norwich Cathedral Consort is one of the region's leading chamber choirs, made up of around forty experienced amateur singers.

 As the Cathedral's chamber choir, the Consort performs around three concerts each year in Norwich Cathedral and has a broad repertoire, both sacred and secular, that stretches from the sixteenth century to the present day. The choir often performs alongside Norwich Baroque, the city's period instrument ensemble of talented local players who specialise in baroque and classical repertoire. Recent concerts have included Handel Messiah, Bach St Matthew Passion, Britten choral works and Music for Remembrancetide. The Cathedral Consort also sings occasional services in the Cathedral in the absence of the Cathedral Choir.

The Consort is directed by Ashley Grote, Master of Music at Norwich Cathedral. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings 7.30 - 9.00pm during term time in the Cathedral Song School (located in the new Hostry building).

Join the consort

The Master of Music is always pleased to hear from singers who are interested in joining the Cathedral Consort. Some choral singing experience, a good ear and basic sight-reading ability are essential. Auditions for membership in the 2014-15 season are to be held at the start of September. To enquire further and to arrange an audition, please contact the Cathedral Consort's secretary, Val Tarrant:, tel: 01362 860496.

Upcoming concerts


Thusday 20 November

Join Norwich Cathedral Consort for an evening of music and poetry commemorating the First World War.

Featuring Parry’s Songs of Farewell interspersed with poetry from the First World War. Parry wrote this reflective music during the First World War, right at the end of his own life, at a time when he was mourning the loss of many of his talented pupils from the Royal College of Music who had been killed in the trenches.

Free admission, retiring collection.


MESSIAH BY CANDLELIGHT with Norwich Cathedral Consort and Norwich Baroque

Saturday 20 December

Enjoy Handel’s Messiah performed in the beauty of a candlelit cathedral. 

Tickets £12 - £20, U18s £5

Call 01603 630000 or visit the Cathedral Gift Shop, Theatre Royal Norwich or Prelude Records.

Pre-concert supper: served in the Refectory from £13 per person including a glass of wine. To book, call 01603 218322 or email



What's On

November '14

Songs of Farewell

December '14

Russell Watson - A Candlelit Christmas SOLD OUT
Festive Jazz Night with DixieMix