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The Choir

St John's Cathedral choir consists of 15 adults who lead the music at the 1000 Mass each Sunday, as well at all other feasts and celebrations.

We rehearse each Thursday in the Cathedral between 1900 and 2030, and again at 0915 on Sunday mornings.

We are always pleased to welcome new members to the choir (particularly tenors and basses); the ability to read music isn't essential but it does help!

If you are interested in joining the choir, please speak to Peter, Catherine or Keith or any member of the choir after Mass each Sunday, or Peter via email - DoM@portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk 

History of the current organ

Between 1999 and 2001 major renovations took place in the Cathedral with the object of restoring the building to its former glory. As part of this plan is was decided that a major overhaul was needed for the organ. Ian Bell, an Independent Organ Consultant, was brought in to carry out a thorough survey of the existing instrument. His report revealed that the Mander instrument, which had done sterling service for some 40 years, had become unreliable and somewhat hazardous. It was decided that a new instrument was needed and, by good fortune, a T.C Lewis organ was found in a redundant church in Bishopswearmouth, Sunderland. Roughly contemporary with our Cathedral, this instrument was lovingly restored and rebuilt by David Wells and his skilled team of Organ Builders from Liverpool. A temporary case was constructed and painstakingly decorated by David Renshaw. It is hoped in time to construct a more permanent case.

Download the specification of the organ (PDF File)