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Sorry - Manchester Cathedral Weekend has been and gone. We may well return but, for now, please follow this link to our Home Page for details of this year's great singing holidays


Manchester Cathedral Weekend


Learn to sing like a cathedral chorister in the vibrant and historic city of Manchester.  This study weekend for experienced singers will focus on the glorious music of the Anglican liturgy with particular emphasis on the service of Evensong. Our weekend, which will be based in the Song School of the cathedral, will concentrate on plainsong, psalm-reading and the canticles. Our course tutor, Peter North, is Head of Voice at King's School Ely and his calm, reassuring approach will soon put everyone at ease.   We will sing two Evensong services and a morning Communion  over the weekend. There will also be an evening meal together on the Friday night, plenty of leisure time to explore Manchester  - and a guided tour of the Cathedral itself.

Who is the course for?

This is not a Bring & Sing event. Participants should be experienced choral singers with some sight-reading ability and must be prepared to learn their part beforehand. 

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Musical Director

Peter North is Head of Voice at King's School, Ely and the director of a number of highly regarded chamber choirs. Peter was a Tenor Lay Clerk at Ely Cathedral for 17 years and is also a member of the early music group Musica Contexta with whom he has appeared on several recordings for Chandos. Read more...


  • A Northern Odyssey

    "Returning to the county of my birth we have the opportunity to explore the musical heritage of the north-west and particularly Manchester, where I've uncovered some musical gems which have remained unsung for decades. The industrial heritage of the region is well known, but what is less well-known is the cultural life of Manchester. The choice of music for this weekend will introduce us to familiar characters, possibly in unfamiliar places and unknown pieces with links to some unusual stories."     Peter North

    Ernest Bullock (born in Wigan, chorister under Edward Bairstow; MC sub 1912-15)
    Edward Bairstow (Wigan Parish Church 1899-1906)
    Frederick Bridge (MC1869-1875)
    Norman Cocker (MC sub 1920-1943; 1943-1953)
    Derrick Cantrell (MC 1962-1977
    Charles Hylton Stewart (Blackburn Parish Church 1914-1916)
    Sydney Hubert Nicholson (founder of RSCM; MC 1908-1919)

    (MC - Manchester Cathedral Organist)

    Bullock in D (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis)
    Bairstow: Give us the Wings of Faith
    Bairstow in D (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis)

Where to stay?


Manchester has lots of good, small places to stay and some of our singers live near enough to travel in daily. For this reason, we suggest that singers arrange their own accommodation.  This worked very well at our last cathedral weekend in Hereford. As we start rehearsals on Friday morning, you may wish to arrange to be in or near Manchester on Thursday night.

Getting there


This bit is up to you and is not included in the price of the weekend. Just ensure that you arrive in good time for our 10.00 am rehearsal at the cathedral. 

What does it cost?


The course fee is £295 which will cover all tuition, music, the cathedral tour and a 3-course evening meal. Accommodation is not included but there is a good choice of hotels and B&B accomodation available.   Music - which can be kept - costs £20 and will be sent out about eight weeks in advance. Non-singing partners are welcome to join us subject to availability and pay just £60.00.


Travel and health insurance

Insurance is not included so we strongly recommend that all singers take out their own cover. 

Any questions?

If you have any questions at all please contact Nick Couchman ( or Emma Ford ( or ring Nick during office hours on 01462 893972.