RSCM Northern Cathedral Singers (formerly RSCM Voices North) is the RSCM’s premier training choir in the North of England. The Choir, which sings approximately 12 services per year in Cathedrals, Abbeys, Minsters and Priories across the North of England, aims for the highest musical standards. Services normally take place on Saturdays (and occasionally on the May Day Bank Holiday Monday).
The annual schedule consists of two music practices in January each year, where the year's music is first learned and introduced. The annual music list usually contains 8-10 pieces, usually anthems, introits and canticles. The music list spans a wide range of periods, styles and composers, from traditional church music to contemporary, modern music
There are over 100 singers in the choir, from which a balanced choir is formed from our members whom are invited to sing at various venues. The boys and girls are usually asked to sing at six events per year, whilst the lower parts are rostered to sing at between three and six events each year. Services are normally Choral Evensong and Choral Vespers. The Choir meets to rehearse about four hours before the start of the service.
There are two groups within the choir: Boys (supported by counter-tenors, contraltos, tenors and basses) and Girls (supported by contraltos, tenors and basses).
The principal director of the Choir is Andrew Reid (Director of the RSCM).