Winchester Cathedral has a long tradition of training choristers. Originally, the boys were part of the great Benedictine Priory of Winchester associated with the pilgrim Shrine of St. Swithun. They have been an integral part of the services at this thriving diocesan Cathedral since the Reformation.

Today, 22 Choristers carry on the tradition, singing with the Cathedral Choir under the leadership of Andrew Lumsden, the Cathedral Organist and Director of Music. The boys sing with the Lay Clerks, twelve men who are professional singers. The Cathedral also has an outstanding girls' choir, with whom the boys sing on occasion.

Winchester Cathedral Choir is internationally regarded as one of the finest choirs of England. As well as singing the Cathedral liturgy each week, the Choir may be involved in high profile services in the Cathedral and elsewhere, in radio and television broadcasts, CD recordings, concerts and tours throughout England and around the world.

Details of the Cathedral Choir and the Choristers, including service times and when it is possible to hear the boys sing, can be found on the Cathedral website:

Old Choristers' Association

Edward Bagnall, Chairman of the Old Choristers' Association, arranges two reunions each year, one at the end of the summer term and another to coincide with the first of the Cathedral carol services. These occasions provide a fine opportunity for Old Choristers to keep in touch with their friends. If you would like to be added to their mailing list, please contact Russell Brandon, the Membership Secretary:

This year's summer reunion will be held on Saturday, 23 June. Please contact Russell for more details and to book a place.