Durham Cathedral Consort of Singers was founded in October 1997 and consists of around twenty-four adult volunteer singers. It normally sings at least four services in the cathedral during each University term and has broadcast on several occasions, both on its own and in conjunction with the Cathedral Choir. While its raison d’être is the singing of the liturgy, its work also includes concerts and recordings.
Music has been at the heart of the Cathedral’s worship throughout its long history, with a choir of men and boys singing the daily services almost without a break since the Reformation. The maintenance and development of the Cathedral Choir continues to be a significant priority (and indeed the Cathedral Choir was expanded to include a team of girl Choristers in 2009). It was this desire to make participation in the Cathedral’s musical ministry open to a greater number of musicians which led to the decision in 1997 to found the Consort of Singers. The Consort is able to sing services at times when the Cathedral Choir is not available (for example evening Eucharists on major feast-days such as Candlemas and All Saints’ Day). While the choir is by no means composed entirely of students, it nevertheless sings only during University terms.