Since its inception in 1961 under Barry Rose, and under its successive directors Philip Moore, Andrew Millington and Stephen Farr, the Guildford Cathedral Choir has won an international reputation for its singing. The basis of the choir's work is the regular singing of cathedral services, but there are other exciting activities, which include recording, broadcasting and touring, as well as frequent concert appearances in the cathedral and elsewhere.
The choir currently numbers 22 boys (including probationers), 22 girls (including probationers) and 6 men. The boys are all educated at Lanesborough or the Royal Grammar School, they rehearse every weekday morning (except Wednesday) at Lanesborough and sing Evensong in the Cathedral on Tuesdays and Thursdays, in addition they sing two or three services on Sundays.
The girls' choir, which takes choristers from any school in the area, was formed in 2002. The girls sing separately from the boys; they rehearse on Tuesday evenings, sing Evensong on Fridays and have one duty on a Sunday.
In recent years the choir of boys and men has toured in Germany, Holland, the USA and Denmark, and has appeared on numerous occasions on Radio 3, BBC1, Channel 4 and at the BBC Promenade concerts.
Guildford Cathedral Choir Barry Rose / Anthony Froggatt (organ) / Valerie Masterton (soprano) / Gillian Knight (contralto) / Anthony Johnson (tenor) / John Barrow (bass) / recorded at Guildford Cathedral
Guildford Cathedral ChoirKeith Bennett Conducted by Barry Rose with Gavin Williams.
The boy, with the dirty fingernails, pictured on the cover lighting a candle is not a Chorister, but a model supplied by an agency for the photo. Reissued in 1976 as MFP 1339.
Guildford Cathedral ChoirKeith Bennett with the Pro Arte Orchestra, Conductor: Barry Rose
Keith Bennett (Treble), John Barrow (Baritone). Originally released in 1966 as "Christmas Music from Guildford Cathedral" CSD 3580 (Stereo).
Guildford Cathedral ChoirRoderick Taylor Conductor: Barry Rose Organ: Gavin Williams Roderick Taylor (Treble)
This was one of a pair of 45 r.p.m. EPs (extended play) made in 1967 for the Abbey Recording Company.
Guildford Cathedral Choir Conductor: Barry Rose
The five pieces of music on this disc formed part of a recital given by the Guildford Cathedral Choir in June 1967 in aid of the centenary appeal of the Royal College of Organists. Four are settings of traditional songs and one is a madrigal. [Original sleeve notes]
Guildford Cathedral ChoirKeith BennettMartin Kent This little EP (extended play) dates from 1967 and was one of a trilogy of ‘first issues' from the then brand-new Guild Records, founded by Barry Rose. Alan Ridout was so impressed with this performance of his Sacred Songs that he later wrote a new set, dedicated to the Guildford boys, a recording of which is featured on the 1970 disc "Creator Spirit" (re-released under the same name in 1995).
Guildford Cathedral Choir Barry Rose and the early years of Guildford Cathedral Choir by Simon Carpenter.
Account of how Barry Rose created one of the UK's great cathedral choirs from scratch in a short span of time. Behind-the-scenes of stories of how the original choristers were chosen, how they had to rehearse day and night practically, to get in shape in just a few months for the Cathedral's consecration in front of the Queen, and how the choir developed over the 17 years that Barry Rose was there. Includes a CD of the choir's early recordings.
Guildford Cathedral Choir Contains photographs of several British cathedral choirs, a potted history, and a CD with recordings from Wells, Edinburgh, Norwich, Guildford, Hereford, Durham, York, Southwark, Lichfield, Truro, and Chester.