The Cathedral Choir consists of both boys and girls (school years 4-9) that provide two separate groups both singing the top line. They sing separately most of the time, giving each group their own musical and social identity but sometimes merge for larger services such as Christmas and Easter.

On Thursday and Sunday, they sing alongside a number of adult Lay Clerks behind them providing the alto, tenor and bass parts.

Wakefield has a wonderful reputation of producing and nurturing musical talents and, whether providing the foundation for children to pursue a career in the world of music or simply providing children with the unforgettable experiences that choir has to offer, we take great pride in supporting our choristers throughout their musical journey.

The choir sings Choral Evensong on:

  • Tuesday (boys)
  • Wednesday (girls)
  • Thursday (full choir)
  • Sunday (alternate weekends), with a greater involvement at the Sunday services.

On top of this weekly commitment, our choir can be seen performing at various special services and concerts throughout the year alongside visits - be it to fellow UK cathedrals or even on foreign tours.

For more information on the life of a chorister please click here.

Joining the Choir

We are always keen to hear from parents who have children with a passion and enthusiasm for singing and are interested in finding out more about the world of cathedral choirs.

For choir enquiries (school years 4-9) contact our Director of Music Ed Jones on 01924 373923 or email

The Cathedral offers opportunities for younger singers too (school years 2–4). For more information please contact our Assistant Director of Music James Bowstead on 01924 373923, email or download our Byrd Song leaflet by clicking here.

The Cathedral also has a Youth Choir for boys and girls (year 10-13). Please contact Ed Jones using the above contact details for more information.

Visiting Choirs

During holiday periods our choir take a well-deserved break, and at this time we do present visiting choirs with the opportunity to sing at Wakefield Cathedral.

To find out more or to enquire about your choir performing at our cathedral please call 01924 373923 or email

β€œThe wonderful choir here at Wakefield Cathedral provide a fantastic accompaniment to many a service, inspiring those in attendance and promoting the worship of God to all who hear them.”
The Very Revd Simon Cowling
Dean of Wakefield

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