The Cathedral Choir
Today’s Cathedral Choir consists of boy and girl choristers (aged 8 – 13) and professional adult singers, known as Lay Clerks. The Choir sing six services each week and at the great festivals of Christmas and Easter. CD recordings, broadcasts, concerts and tours are a major part of the Choir’s schedule.
The Lay Clerks
There are six Lay Clerks who are professional singers and provide the alto, tenor and bass parts of the Cathedral Choir. Outside the Cathedral they perform concerts as Decantor, singing a variety of sacred and secular repertoire including specially composed barbershop arrangements. The Lay Clerks work at the Cathedral is in addition to their daily occupations in music, teaching and the hospitality industry.
The Music Department Staff
Andrew BrydenDirector of Music
Andrew Bryden – Director of Music Andrew Bryden has been Organist and Director of Music of Ripon Cathedral since November 2003. Prior to this he was the Cathedral’s Assistant Organist and Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral Choir School from 1998. His work at Ripon has received much acclaim, most notably for his vision and implementation of a new choral foundation in 2012. Andrew studied music as an organ scholar at Aberdeen University, and specialised …
Tim HarperAssistant Director of Music
Tim Harper – Assistant Director of Music Tim Harper moved to Ripon Cathedral as Assistant Director of Music in September 2014. He trained as organ scholar successively at St Barnabas Church, Dulwich, Clare College, Cambridge, Canterbury Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral. During this period he toured the USA and Austria, assisted at the services for the 2008 Lambeth Conference, accompanied several CDs, performed live on BBC TV and appeared with the City of London Sinfonia. …
Information about Alana
Aoife O’Connell is a soprano born in Ireland. She graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Drama with an MA in Opera Performance in 2014 and currently works as a singer, teacher and animateur. She has previously worked with companies such as Opera North, Theatre Royal Norwich, Glyndebourne Education, Iford Arts, Cork Opera House, Waterford Theatre Royal and Opra Cymru. Her work for Ripon Cathedral involves setting up a music outreach programme and forging links …