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M is for…Middlesbrough

Today, 13 December, we are in the North East, visiting Middlesbrough Cathedral.


Music plays an important role at Middlesbrough Cathedral, which has no less than six different choirs.

Middlesbrough’s choristers were in good spirits last night.  They went carol singing at a care home before the choir’s pizza party.   They have a couple of days to recover before Sunday’s Solemn Mass for Gaudete Sunday. Anthems include ‘Alleluia’ from Mozart’s ‘Exultate Jubilate’, sung by Choral Scholar Grace Oliver.

Choristers of Middlesbrough Cathedral

On Sunday evening the choir is performing a Festival of Christmas Carols by Candlelight including carols by Chilcott, Rutter, Tulloch, Darke, Poston and Praetorius, as well as some traditional congregational favourites.

Friends of Cathedral Music were delighted to give a grant to Middlesbrough Cathedral for their Choral Scholarship scheme, which aims to assist young singers to develop their skills as singers and choral conductors. This scheme has been an important factor in inspiring previous scholars to go on to study music at universities and conservatoires.

The cathedral is always keen to hear from potential applicants aged 16 – 25. They particularly welcome applications from altos, tenors and basses. If you know of a young person who wants to develop their skills in choral music to a high level please encourage them to contact the cathedral at musicdept@rcdmidd.org.uk.


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