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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

Messiah by Candlelight, with Norwich Cathedral Consort and Norwich Baroque

Saturday 20 December, 7.30pm.

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

Tickets £12 - £20, U18s £5.

Limited tickets remaining, available from Prelude Records on 01603 628319.

Pre-concert supper: served in the Refectory from £13 per person including a glass of wine. To book, call 01603 218321 or email



What's On

December '14

Messiah by Candlelight - SOLD OUT

January '15

Live Blues Night
Seeing God and Knowing Oneself
Friends of Norwich Cathedral - Allan Sorrell, war artist - a lecture by Ian Sorrell

February '15

Friends of Norwich Cathedral - Friends First Friday Coffee Morning
Introduction to Church History and Doctrine
Friends of Norwich Cathedral Lecture:George Skipper, Architect of Edwardian Norwich, by David Bussey
Living theology in mundane life or living faith through holiness
Suffering and Evil, Part 1
The Catholic Church since Vatican II