"Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him"
Music at Lancaster Cathedral 2019
Music is an essential part of the life of the Church and, traditionally, Cathedrals play a particular role in developing the Church’s musical tradition. Thanks to the continued encouragement of our clergy, and the excellent leadership of Damian Howard, this tradition is alive and thriving and at Lancaster Cathedral.
Led by Damian, the choir seeks to provide uplifting musical worship, nurturing musical talent in a non-competitive environment with a strong Christian ethos. Although we are an amateur choir we are constantly encouraged to progress and advance.
In February 2008 Damian Howard was appointed as Director of Music. His appointment marked the beginning of a new drive to develop a stronger musical tradition.
In April 2019 Clement Lee returned as sub-organist, having returned from a few years at St. Mary's Cathedral Choir in Newcastle.
Cathedral Organ and associated instruments
The Cathedral’s Victorian pipe organ has an extensive history with several key iterations of restoration and refurbishment. Often the work followed several years of fundraising work. However this ensures a the provision of a high quality instrument for many years to come.
There is also a Grand Piano in the nave of the Cathedral, along with a Box Organ (Positive Organ) Both instruments are used to supplement the main organ and help to provide a different dynamic in the Cathedral's music repertoire.
A further grand piano is maintained in the Catherdral's Library which is used for choir practice and music lessons.
The Cathedral now hosts a range of high-quality concerts. Folk music to piano recitals, early music to contemporary choral works; the concerts offer something for everyone. They also help to fund the Cathedral’s music provision.
Click here for more about Cathedral concerts and events.
The Cathedral is seeking to raise funds for a Music Trust, established in early 2008. Although the vast majority of music relies on volunteers, we hope to be able to establish a number of music scholarships, as well as provide funds for the purchase of music. If you are aware of sources of funding for church music or would like to help in any way, please contact us; for more on the Music Trust, click here.
Undoubtedly the greatest character in the Cathedral’s music history is Dr J. H. Reginald Dixon, who worked here for over 60 years. 2009, in which we mark 150 years since the Cathedral’s opening, is also the 100th anniversary of Dr Dixon’s arrival. Click here for more on this fascinating character.