Choir Tours

A Cathedral Choir Tour is not a holiday, however when you ask a chorister or Lay Clerk about the tour they will often highlight the places they went to, the people they met and the fun they had; so what is the difference between that and an active holiday? The answer lies in the following points: 

it enhances the standing of the Cathedral at home and abroad: encouraging choirs from abroad to come to Gloucester to sing the services when the Cathedral choir is absent

 it improves the singing of the choir as a unit: there is nothing better than living and working 24/7 with your colleagues – positive team bonding

it broadens the repertoire of the choir: taking the English Cathedral repertoire to foreign lands but also joining with other choirs to sing a selection of their repertoire

the prospect of a prestigious tour abroad indicates that Gloucester Cathedral is a vibrant and active choir: prospective Lay Clerks and Choral Scholars value these opportunities and  it has a positive effect on recruitment 

it enhances the education of the choristers: emphasis is put on “where are we going?” and choristers are encouraged to keep a scrapbook of their tour

Tours are scheduled every three or four years to enable funding to be raised. It is hoped that every chorister has the opportunity to participate in one international tour during his time in the Choir.

The dates selected for a tour will be structured within a choir and school holiday period whenever possible, however there may be a few days either end overlapping into a school term.

In the past the Choir has visited Norway, the States, South Africa, Sweden and, most recently, Canada in 2015.

Sweden 2012 

The linked Diocesan of Västerås with Gloucester



Hosting a return visit of the Maria Choir from Sweden.

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