The 368th Clergy Support Trust Festival Service brings together three world-class choirs under the Dome of St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday 9 May 2023, 5pm.
We are delighted to introduce you to this year's choirs, joining us for what promises to be a majestic act of worship.
Leicester Cathedral Choir
Made up of boys and girls from a range of local primary and secondary schools, the choristers of the Leicester Cathedral Choir have performed across the world, from Japan to the USA and, most recently, Germany and the Isle of Man.
They sing in various combinations at five choral services each week, and are made up of the Boys' and Junior Girls' Choirs, Senior Girls and Young Songmen, and adult singers.
In 2015, they performed at the three principal services around the Reinterment of King Richard III, watched by some 350 million people worldwide, led by their Director of Music, Christopher Ouvry-Johns.
Llandaff Cathedral Choir
The 368th Festival marks the return of a Welsh choir to the Festival Service for the first time in thirty years.
The choristers of the Llandaff Cathedral Choir rehearse each weekday morning before school and sing services six times a week in term time, as well as at important national and diocesan events.
Led by their Director of Music, Stephen Moore, the Choir also maintains a busy schedule of concerts, broadcasts and recordings, including for Songs of Praise on both Easter Day 2021 and Christmas Day 2022.
St Paul's Cathedral Choir
Leicester and Llandaff Cathedral Choirs will perform alongside St Paul's Cathedral Choir, led by their Director of Music, Andrew Carwood MBE. Andrew said:
“It is a rare and wonderful joy to work with such incredible choirs each year, and even more so when you are part of an almost unbroken line of choirs singing together under the dome of St Paul’s stretching back over nearly 370 years.”
The Choir have performed at some of the Cathedral's most important services – including their Grenfell Tower memorial service and their Service of Prayer and Reflection for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.