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For 1,000 years or more, York Minster’s magnificent spaces have resounded with choral music.

Today, the Minster’s world-class choir and organists perform at services most days during term-time, with the repertoire ranging from some of the earliest known choral music, to newly commissioned works. This ensures music plays an integral part in the most celebrated festivals and poignant moments at the Minster.

Music & Service List

A range of Choral Services, concerts, and recitals takes place throughout the year; please refer to the downloadable PDF to the right of the calendar.

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York Minster has one of the UK’s leading cathedral choirs; its mastery of the English choral tradition is one of the cathedral’s crowning glories.

It includes adult Vicars Choral and boy and girl Choristers aged between 7 and 13 who are educated at St Peter’s School York, the Choir School for York Minster. The cathedral was among the first to introduce girl choristers, who share the singing equally with the boys at eight sung services each week during term time.

If you are thinking of making a special journey to hear our choir, you can check details of our services, including the Service Scheme on our What’s On section.

The Choir of York Minster livestreams many services. Click here to access our YouTube channel.

Joining the choir


York Minster’s choristers receive an excellent education at St Peter’s School. The Chapter of York provides a substantial bursary for each chorister, with means-tested funding potentially increasing the level of funding to 100%.

Competition for places in the choir is high but the rewards are substantial. Choristers have the opportunity to sing in one of the world’s most magnificent cathedrals each day, as well as taking part in recordings, live TV and radio broadcasts and international tours. Please find more information on how to apply here or contact Sara Bath for further details.

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Joining the Choir

Vicars Choral and Choral Scholars

The choir has eight Vicars Choral who are paid, professional singers committed to maintaining and developing musical standards at the cathedral. The four Choral Scholars are paid student singers who gain experience in church music, working alongside professional musicians.

For further details, contact the Director of Music, Robert Sharpe.

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Joining the Choir

Deputy singers

Deputy singers substitute on an occasional basis for our permanent Vicars Choral and Choral Scholars. If you would be interested in auditioning for the deputy list and are an experienced singer with good sight reading skills, please contact Robert Sharpe, Director of Music.

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Current recordings

The choir has made a number of acclaimed recordings which are available to buy from the York Minster Shop.

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Visiting choirs

During the Minster Choir’s holidays there is an opportunity for other choirs to sing at services. Interested choirs should be able to sing psalms, responses, settings of the canticles and anthems at Evensong, as well as music for the Eucharist if singing on a Sunday. Choirs will be asked to send a recent live recording in advance of their visit.

For further information, please contact Ben Morris, Assistant Director of Music on e: visitingc@yorkminster.org or download visiting details below.

Information for Visiting Choirs


The York Minster Choristers’ Association

For information on the YMCA and membership enquiries, download their PDF here.


National Schools Singing Programme at York Minster

We will be launching our Schools Singing Programme soon.

York Minster is one of six Anglican cathedrals to participate in the National Schools Singing Programme, the aim of which is to support world-class inclusive music programmes in Church of England schools. The syllabus and structure of the National Schools Singing Programme enables diverse communities to engage with choral and church music of the highest standard.

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Organ music is played daily at the Minster. The Grand Organ, one of four pipe organs at the cathedral, dates from the 1830s and has recently been the subject of a major, once-in-a-century refurbishment project, completed in March 2021.
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Director of Music

Robert Sharpe

Robert joined the Minster in 2008 and is responsible for organising and directing all aspects of the Minster’s music, as well as arranging its programme of concerts, broadcasts and tours. He is a well-known organ recitalist and has made a number of acclaimed recordings as a choral director and organist.

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Assistant Director of Music

Ben Morris

Since joining the cathedral in 2015, Ben’s role involves playing for services and to accompany the choir in the cathedral’s daily cycle of music, as well as supporting the training of the choristers. He is a prizewinning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and is increasingly engaged as an organ soloist.

Former organists’ compositions

Philip Moore’s compositions, 1957-present

Philip Moore was Organist and Master of Music at York Minster from 1983 to 2008. Download a complete list of his compositions, covering more than 50 years and 400 pieces.


Dr Francis Jackson’s compositions, 1937-2022

Dr Francis Jackson CBE was Organist Emeritus of York Minster, serving as the Minster’s Organist and Master of Music from 1946 to 1982. Download a list of his choral and instrumental works below.


Cathedral Music Trust is a voice for cathedral music, upholding this integral part of the nation’s cultural heritage by campaigning on behalf of cathedral music and musicians, supporting cathedral choirs and choristers in need, and encouraging the pursuit of excellence in choral and organ music. Harry Christophers CBE, founder and conductor of The Sixteen, is its President, and presenter, comedian and actor Alexander Armstrong is its Ambassador. York Minster is one of the choral foundations that has benefited from Cathedral Music Trust’s support. For more information visit: www.cathedralmusictrust.org.uk

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