Choristers and Cricketers: Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir

If you were to come to the Sunday Evensong Service at Worcester Cathedral, you would hear the sound of the Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir of boys and men.  Founded in 1874 (and shortly to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding), the choir did more than offer its members the opportunity to sing beautiful music. It offered its younger members a first rate musical education, carried out charitable works, and through the Worcester Cathedral Guild (a club for present and former members) acted as a social and sporting hub within Worcester.

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The Cricket Team. Image Copyright the Dean and Chapter of Worcester Cathedral (UK)

In light of the fact that a service celebrating the last 150 years will be held at the Cathedral on Sunday, we’ve been doing some delving through the archives held by the library and have turned up some fascinating material which demonstrates how big a part the Voluntary Choir has played in the life of the Cathedral and the City of Worcester.

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The Football Team. Image copyright the Dean and Chapter of Worcester Cathedral (UK)

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Application to the choir, and the envelope it came in, c. 1920. Image copyright the Dean and Chapter of Worcester Cathedral (UK)

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Festive singing c.1958 in Powick Hospital and Mental Asylum, where Sir Edward Elgar had performed as a young man.

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In the clubhouse. Image copyright the Dean and Chapter of Worcester Cathedral (UK)

Tom Hopkins

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