Chester Cathedral

Mon 01 - Sun 07 August 2022

Information last updated 28 July 2022

Join us

This is our annual summer week residency.

Members: sign up on Muzodo

Non-members: contact Ed

More information on how Muzodo works.


St Werburgh Street, Chester, CH1 2DY


The following singers have a confirmed place on this visit. Please do not arrange any non-refundable travel or accommodation before your place on this visit has been confirmed.

Those not attending the whole week have the days they wish to sing in brackets after their name. If this information is wrong, please email Ed.

Those shown with an * are required to attend the weekenders' rehearsal on Saturday (see schedule below).


  • Susan A (Mon-Fri)

  • Rachael

  • Heather

  • Debs B

  • Anna

  • Barbara

  • Elizabeth

  • Katie (Sat-Sun)*

  • Pat W (Sat-Sun)*

  • Ruth

  • Eileen


  • Sylvia

  • Jill

  • Margaret

  • Sally

  • Jane

  • Shirley (Sat-Sun)*

  • Clare SB

  • Abbie (Mon-Sat)

  • Joan


  • Peter

  • Richard (Sat-Sun)*

  • Geoff Q

  • Graham

  • Ashley

  • Geoff Wh


  • John B

  • Ian D (Mon-Tues)

  • George

  • Mark

  • Chris J

  • John R

  • Geoff Wa

  • Mike (Tues)

  • Chris S

  • Robert



1400-1600 Rehearsal (Song School)

1630-1720 Run through in stalls

1730-1830 Evensong


0930-1200 Rehearsal (Song School)*

1630-1720 Run through in stalls

1730-1830 Evensong


Dumb day - to be confirmed


0930-1130 Rehearsal (Song School)

1200-1300 AGM (Song School)

1630-1720 Run through in stalls

1730-1830 Evensong


0930-1200 Rehearsal (Song School)*

1630-1720 Run through in stalls

1730-1830 Evensong


1400-1600 Weekenders' rehearsal (Song School)

1630-1720 Run through in stalls

1730-1830 Evensong


0930-1015 Run through in stalls

1030-1145 Choral Eucharist

1400-1450 Run through in stalls

1500-1600 Evensong

*Not all parts will be required for the whole rehearsal. A substantial break will also be included within this time.

The Song School is off the north east corner of the cloister.




Wednesday - dumb day




  • Sumsion in G

  • Rippin, By beloved son

  • Ps32-34

Sunday Eucharist

Sunday Evensong


  • Responses will be by Spedding unless otherwise stated

Where available the music above is linked to online scores. You are reminded that no time will be spent in rehearsal note bashing music made available in advance.


Group accommodation has now been arranged. Please click here for full information.

Choir meal

Arrangements have been made with The Queen at Chester Hotel for a meal on Saturday 6th August 2022; 7:30pm for 8pm dinner.

The cost will be £27.50 per person for a 3 course meal followed by tea or coffee.

An email has now been sent with a link to, yes - the inevitable survey, for you to make your choices. Unfortunately btinternet thinks my email is spam so those of you with a btinternet address will not receive it. Sorry, I will keep trying.

Our pre-order has to be with the Hotel by 22nd July so your prompt responses would be appreciated.

Robing and dress

The appearance of the choir is important: it gets noticed and affects how we come across.

The choir provides cassocks, surplices and whites. If you have yours at home, please be sure to bring them with you. If you haven’t done so already and this is your first time with Harsnett, please let Elizabeth Jack know your approximate height and build.

Please wear quiet black shoes and dark trousers and socks or tights as these may show under your cassock. Academical hoods and RSCM medals may be worn during Evensong. They are not worn at the Eucharist.


You will be given a cardboard wallet containing the week’s music. It would greatly help if you kept all the music in the wallet when not in use. Please ensure that any markings you make on your copy are made in pencil only.

Harsnett borrows a great deal of music from various sources. Their willingness to lend to us for free depends on us returning it promptly, intact, and with our pencil markings removed. You may keep music you have downloaded or, if you wish, donate it to the choir library.

For services, we carry music in red hardback folders. If you have one of these, please remember to bring it with you. If you do not have one, they will be available. Please return both folders and all music before you leave.

Online resources

Where available, online versions of sheet music are linked from the 'music' section above.

Once the music list has been agreed with the cathedral, Ed will create a Spotify playlist and provide video recordings below. Please bear in mind that the sheet music and recordings linked from here may differ subtly to our own version on the day.

If you have any questions, please contact Ed.