St Albans Cathedral Choir
The Benedictine monastery of St Albans Abbey had a distinguished musical history before its dissolution by Henry VIII in 1539. When the Abbey became a cathedral in 1877, a choir was again formed, comprising local schoolboys.
There is no residential choir school; the boys attend a number of local schools and sing Choral Evensong on two weekdays and three choral services each weekend. Many ex-choristers go on to university as choral and organ scholars. The twelve Lay Clerks are a dedicated and highly-skilled group of musicians who sing at the weekend services and for special events. In the main they earn their living outside the music profession. As well as its duties as part of the daily round of worship, the Cathedral Choir has made concert tours around the world, most recently in Spain, Northern Germany and Italy. Past tour destinations have included Rome, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, and the USA.
Under their current director, Andrew Lucas, St Albans Cathedral Choir maintains a reputation as one of the finest Cathedral Choirs in the country. The choir has recently given the first performance of works by Joanna Marsh and Alec Roth. Its recordings for the Naxos label include music by Mozart, and two best-selling discs of works by John Rutter: Gloria and – accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Psalmfest.