There aren't many churches where the mix of music is as diverse and inclusive as you'll find at Salford Cathedral. Our music making reflects the range and quality of the best of Catholic liturgical music, ranging from the gems of the choral repertoire to contemporary music written with the participation of the assembly in mind. Throughout the year you'll hear us sing plainchant and polyphony, including choral motets from Josquin to James MacMillan, and also World Music from many continents and cultures, and even occasionally the sounds of Gospel and Jazz.
But above all at St John's you'll hear the people sing! Our sung liturgical celebrations always feature music that gives the gathered assembly the 'full, conscious and active' role foreseen by the bishops at the Second Vatican Council. We never forget that the choir's primary role is to lead the assembly in song, in prayer.
The choir consists of around eighteen and women singers. We sing each week at the 11.00 am Sunday Mass at the Cathedral, as well as on other important days in the liturgical calendar, such as Christmas and the Paschal Triduum. We occasionally sing for other events too, such as ordinations in the Cathedral, and for concerts such as the annual Celebration of Christmas in aid of Salford charities. Over the years the choir has appeared many times in television broadcasts, most recently the Christmas 2014 edition of Christmas Carols on ITV, as well as the BBC’s Songs of Praise, and ITV’s Morning Worship and My Favourite Hymns.