OutreachMaking music accessible for all

As part of the Cathedral Vision and Strategy, the Music Department are further developing and creating more musical opportunities for the benefit of the wider community:

  • the Development of the Youth Choir: by seeking greater opportunities for performances within the Diocese and further afield, in concerts or Evensong services

  • development of the Junior Choir: the Singing Development Leader has created a vibrant and enthusiastic ethos amongst the Cathedral Junior Choir who sing regularly in the Cathedral and are starting to extend their singing into the local area, and further afield with links to Brecon Cathedral.

  • the Junior Voices Project extends to 3 Gloucestershire schools per term and encourages their choirs to perform in the Cathedral

  • promotion of larger singing and musical events in the Cathedral

  • providing a creative approach to the use of the Cathedral for children and community groups alike

Youth music at Gloucester Cathedral

The existence of the Cathedral Junior Choir and the Cathedral Youth Choir provide musical and choral singing tuition for young people from the age of 6 - 19. These two choirs, alongside the Cathedral Choir which has 20 boy choristers, currently provide an opportunity for 100 young people to join together every week for singing.

Gloucester Cathedral Junior Voices Project

Three Gloucestershire schools per term benefit from the Cathedral’s Junior Voices Project. Four visits to each of the three selected schools are arranged per term to help develop singing and encourage teachers to create a choir and enjoy the benefits of group music-making.

Cathedral Choristers are also taken to each school to inspire other youngsters to sing. The project culminates at the end of each term when the school choirs perform a concert in the Cathedral to an audience of proud families, relations, school staff and friends.

We are very grateful to the generous donors who make this project such a success and look forward to continuing this valuable work in Gloucestershire schools.