The choir's primary role is to sing daily services in the Cathedral, but the choir also undertakes a busy annual schedule of concerts, broadcasts, tours, and recordings.

Cathedral Choir US Tour, June 2024

From 22 to 30 June, the Cathedral Choir will be on tour to Los Angeles, Carmel, Palo Alto, and San Francisco. It will be nearly six years since the last North American tour and a decade since the Choir’s last appearance in California. As a choir of international renown, touring is a crucial component in the Cathedral Choir’s mission to offer its musical gifts to a world-wide audience.  

We will be hosting special events for Christ Church Alumni on Tuesday 25 June in Los Angeles and Wednesday 26 June in San Francisco.

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Public concerts and services:

22 June - St John's Episcopal Cathedral

514 W. Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Concert, 6.30pm - 7.30pm

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23 June - All Saints' Beverly Hills

504 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Concert, 5pm

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27 June - Grace Cathedral

1100 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Choral Evensong, 5.30pm

Watch the livestream


28 June - Carmel Mission Basilica

3080 Rio Road, Carmel, CA 93923

Concert, 8pm

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29 & 30 June - St Dominic's Catholic Church

2390 Bush Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Concert, 7.30pm on 29 June

Solemn Choral Mass, 11.30am on 30 June

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30 June - First United Methodist Church of Palo Alto

625 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Concert, 7.30pm

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The Foundation

The Choir

Music in worship lifts us above the ordinary and takes us to the extraordinary, giving us a vision of heaven. It is central to services in this Cathedral church.

The Cathedral Choir sings every day except Monday in term-time. In one week, they may well sing thirty separate pieces of music, composed as long ago as 1500 and as recently as 2023. 

Choristers at Christ Church

Centuries of choral tradition

King Henry VIII established the Collegiate Foundation in 1546, including one Organist and eight Lay Clerks, plus provision for a schoolmaster to educate the choristers. In the last five hundred years, the choir has always been a central part of Christ Church; and many significant church musicians have been associated with it, from the first director of music John Taverner, to twentieth-century choristers and composers William Walton, Simon Preston and Howard Goodall.

Now the choral foundation consists of approximately sixteen Choristers (boys), educated at the Cathedral School; plus six Lay Clerks (professional adult singers) and six Academical Clerks (undergraduate choral scholars), in addition to the Director of Music (who bears the official historic title of ‘Organist’), the Sub-Organist, and one or two Organ Scholars. 

Find out more about joining the Cathedral Choir

Services with the choir

The normal weekly pattern of services for the Cathedral Choir is as follows:

11am: Sung Eucharist 
6pm: Evensong

6pm: Evensong

6pm: Evensong

The 6pm service on Monday does not usually involve the Cathedral Choir.


Director of Music

The interim Organist is Stephen Darlington

Stephen was formerly Organist and Tutor in Music at Christ Church, until his retirement in July 2018 after 33 years in post. He has returned as Interim Director of Music from January to July 2024.



Recordings of Choral Evensong at the Cathedral are often recorded and available to watch via YouTube.  

Christ Church Cathedral YouTube channel
The choirs and orchestra performing Bach in the Cathedral


The Cathedral Choir repertoire ranges from Renaissance polyphony to new commissions, embracing European baroque and Romantic, English Victorian, and contemporary music. In recent years, music has been commissioned from Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Piers Connor Kennedy and Ghislaine Rees-Trapp. Annual high points include Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, performed on All Souls’ Day, and the JS Bach St John Passion, performed in Holy Week.