top of page
Children Singing in a Choir


Great St Mary’s has a long musical tradition and history; music has been offered as part of worship here for more than eight centuries. The main church Choir, which includes sections for younger boys & girls, a teenage ‘Youth Choir’, and adult ‘Back Rows’, is made up of singers drawn from across the city and wider region from the ages 8 to (almost) 80. We also have a Junior Choir (Boys & Girls) for children aged 6 to 8. All of these singers enrich our Sunday and weekday worship with offerings of choral music, as well as singing for occasional concerts, visits and tours.


The Director of Music is always keen to hear from singers who are interested in joining the choirs of Great St Mary’s. Please contact or read on for more information.

Choir Sections

For children in school years 1 – 3 (ages 6 – 8)

Our lively and friendly Junior Choir (unauditioned) for the youngest singers meets a few times a month to rehearse and sings as part of a service at Great St Mary’s around once or twice a term.


For children from school year 4 (age 8) upwards

Older choristers at Great St Mary’s enjoy a varied and rewarding programme of weekly rehearsals, tuition, choral services, concerts and tours throughout the year, bringing beautiful music to thousands of worshippers and visitors at the heart of the city and University and further afield. We have choir sections for Girls (sopranos) and Boys (trebles), as well as a teenage Youth Choir (SATB) providing opportunities for children to sing with us from age 8 through to 18 (and beyond). Our oldest choristers have a distinguished record of winning choral scholarships at University after leaving our stalls.


Adult singers

Our adult ‘Back Row’ is made up of volunteer Altos, Tenors and Basses, drawn from all walks of life and from all around the local area. They rehearse once a week on Wednesday evenings. We are always keen to hear from experienced singers with strong sight-reading who are interested in joining.



Admission to all sections of the main choir is by way of a short and friendly audition; these take place throughout the year. If you would be interested in joining our lively and welcoming community of musicians, please contact the Music Department on for further information. We look forward to hearing from you!

bottom of page