There has been a Choir at Durham Cathedral from the earliest time of its foundation. As well as the "monks in quire" who sang the services, for at least 600 years singing boys or choristers have been educated here. With the Reformation and the departure of the monks, lay (i.e., non-ordained) clerks sang with the choristers and, more recently, they were joined by choral scholars (students of the University of Durham).
There are 20 chorister places, 5 lay clerkships, and 7 choral scholarships, as well as an organ scholar, a Sub-Organist, and the Master of the Choristers and Organist.
The Choir's function is to maintain the daily choral tradition of the Cathedral's worship. The Choir sings 8 services a week - Evensong daily except Monday and Matins, Holy Communion and Evensong on Sunday.
It also sings at special services and concerts. In recent years, it has been on tour to the United States of America, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany and Brazil. The Choir Association helps to support music at Durham Cathedral and welcomes new members.
The Choir is often heard broadcasting on both radio and television. Recent broadcasts include The King and the Kingdom on BBC 1, several live broadcasts of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3, and Morning Worship on BBC Radio 4. The Choir has made many recordings on the label, Priory Records, where CDs can be easily ordered for home delivery.
Durham Cathedral Choir Tudor service music that is often sung a capella is here accompanied on the Wetheringsett Organ, a 'speculative recreation of a typical organ from around 1530'. The organ parts are from the Durham organ books, which date from the 17th century.
Three tracks sung by Durham Cathedral Consort Singers, the remainder by the cathedral choir.
Durham Cathedral Choir by Brian Crosby. iv, 92 pages, illus. 21 cm. Before his retirement Dr. Crosby taught at the Durham Chorister School for many years. His charming little book, 92 pages, recounts in lively prose the history of the Chorister School from its monastic roots until the present.