Northern Cathedral Singers (NCS)

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RSCM Northern Cathedral Singers (formerly RSCM Voices North) is a training choir which sings approximately 10-12 services per year in cathedrals, abbeys, minsters and priories across the North of England, aiming for the highest musical standards.

Services are normally evensongs and take place on Saturdays (and occasionally on the May Day Bank Holiday Monday). In addition, there are normally two preliminary full-day sessions in January to rehearse music for the year ahead. We meet to rehearse about four hours before the start of the service. The choir’s repertoire is firmly based on the Cathedral choral tradition.

Singers provide their own music and are responsible for learning it themselves in advance of the scheduled rehearsals.

Who can apply?

  • Adult members of RSCM affiliated churches, choirs and schools
  • Subscribing Individual or Student Members of the RSCM (if over 18)

Admission to the choir is by audition.

All adult singers, i.e. those who are over the age of 18 years, complete a declaration form to comply with RSCM Safeguarding requirements before they are allowed to sing at RSCM Northern Cathedral Singers events.

How much does it cost?

  • Standard membership – £40
  • Individual/Student Members of RSCM receive a 25% discount (i.e. £30 payable)
  • If more than one family member is in NCS, 50% discount for the second singer (i.e. £20 payable for each additional singer)

What happens at the audition?

The audition consists of five elements:

  • Prepared piece – an anthem/song of your own choice from the RSCM Silver syllabus
  • Vocal exercises
  • Sight reading
  • Text reading
  • Technical questions (at the level required for Silver Award)

In all applicants we expect the ability to work together as a team and represent the highest standards of the RSCM. A good sense of humour helps too!

Results of auditions will be notified as soon as possible after the audition.

Where and when are the auditions?

Auditions for the choir usually take place each year in October to December. The remaining audition sessions for membership in 2018 are listed below:

  • Please contact Karen Banks (details below) to arrange an audition for your area

How do I apply?

New applicants should contact the choir’s administrator, Karen Banks, by phone at 07753826209, or by email at