At weekend services, greater Feast days, concerts and tours 24 boys and 12 adult lay clerks make up the full Cathedral Choir. The Abbey Girls Choir also sings weekend and other services with the lay clerks from time to time. The lay clerks are a pool of about 16 dedicated and highly skilled group of musicians who receive a fee to sing the alto, tenor and bass parts in the choir. Some are professional musicians but several earn their living outside the music profession whilst attaining a very high standard of singing and reading music at sight.
Principally the lay clerks sing Evensong on Saturdays (6 men) 3pm for 4pm Evensong - and Sundays (12 men) at 10:30am for 11:15am Eucharist and 3:50pm for 6:30pm Evensong. They also sing at most of the church major festivals (usually a Eucharist in the evening) and in choir concerts, recordings and on tour.
To audition to join the list of deputies in the choir and to enquire about vacancies in the choir as they arise enquiries can be sent to the music secretary, Lizzie Smyth, or directly with the Master of the Music.
The current members of the choir are:
Alto: Roger Mullis, Tony Price, Neil Baker, Derek Harrison, Simon Barton
Tenor: David Martin-Smith, Oliver Martin-Smith, Simon Colston, Rory Carver, William Glendinning, Peter Martin
Bass: Ken Burgess, Alan Herbert, Geoff McMahon, William Houghton, Christopher Head