WHAT DOES THE CHOIR DO?
REGULAR CATHEDRAL DUTIES:
The Cathedral Voluntary Choir normally sings all the three choral services (Mattins, Eucharist and Evensong) on 8-10 Sundays each year, usually during holiday periods, plus a Eucharist on the evenings of Ash Wednesday and Ascension Day.
The Cathedral Special Choir was in residence for the Memorial Service for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on Low Sunday 2002.
It has also occasionally been on duty for the annual Civic Service and “Mayor-Making” and for the Royal Engineers’ annual Memorial Service, and it is sometimes booked by other organisations which hold their carol services in the Cathedral.
On some major festivals (e.g. the Palm Sunday morning procession, and the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass) the two Cathedral Choirs sing together.
We have been the duty Cathedral Choir for the last two Diocesan Advanced Choirs Festivals, conducted by Ralph Allwood and Barry Rose.
We hosted the Festival of the Association of Cathedral Voluntary Choirs here in Rochester in October 2004 to coincide with the 1400th anniversary celebrations of the founding of Rochester Cathedral in AD604.