Chester Cathedral

Mon 01 - Sun 07 August 2022

Information last updated: 10 October 2021

Join us

Invitations for this visit will be sent out shortly.

This is our annual summer week residency.

Members: sign up on Muzodo

Non-members: contact Ed

More information on how Muzodo works.


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.

Sopranos: Susan, Rachael, Heather, Debs, Barbara, Elizabeth, Katie (Sat-Sun)*, Anna, Clare SB

Altos: Sylvia, Jill, Shirley (Thurs-Sun)*, Margaret, Sally, Deborah M

Tenors: Peter, Richard (Thurs-Sun), Geoff Q, Graham, Geoff Wh

Basses: John B, Mark, Chris, Geoff Wa, John R

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).


The following information is for guidance only at this stage and is subject to change.


1400-1600 Rehearsal (Song School)

1630-1715 Run through in stalls

1730-1830 Evensong

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

0930-1200 Rehearsal (Song School)*

1630-1715 Run through in stalls

1730-1830 Evensong

The choir's AGM will be held at point during the week.


Likely dumb day - to be confirmed


1300-1500 Weekenders' rehearsal (Song School)

1515-1600 Run through in stalls

1615-1715 Evensong


0900-0930 Run through in stalls

1000-1115 Cathedral Eucharist

1430-1515 Run through in stalls

1530-1630 Evensong

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


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.


More information to follow...

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.


St Werburgh Street, Chester, CH1 2DY

Travel information

More information to follow...


We will be arranging discounted group accommodation. More information to follow.

Choir meal

Traditionally, we get together for a group meal on the Saturday evening of our summer residency. More information to follow.

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.

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.