Music has been part of the daily worship in Lichfield Cathedral from very early times. The present Choral Foundation can be traced back at least as far as 1315.
Today, the choir consists of eighteen boy choristers (aged 9 to 13), nine Lay Vicars Choral, and three choral scholars. The choir is trained and directed by the Organist and Master of the Choristers, Philip Scriven, aided by the Assistant Organist, Alex Mason.
The Choir's repertoire embraces the whole span of church music, from Gregorian Chant to the present day. Apart from the monthly cycle of psalms, it is rare for the Choir to sing the same piece twice in any one term, even though they may sing over eighty services in that time.
Lichfield Cathedral ChoirJonathan Cannock Jonathan Cannock treble; Lichfield Cathedral Choristers; Finzi Singers. Including Five Flower Songs, Op. 47; Advance Democracy; Sacred and Profane, Op. 91; A Boy was Born, Op. 3. Recorded in St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London 28-29 April 1997.
Lichfield Cathedral Choir Coventry Cathedral Choir Carols from Coventry Cathedral. Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano, Michael George, baritone, Jouko Harjanne, trumpet. Choirs of Coventry and Lichfield Cathedrals. BBC Philharmonic conduct by Robin Stapleton. Recorded in concert at Coventry Cathedral on December 3, 1994.