Visiting Choirs

 

Bradford Cathedral is delighted to welcome visiting choirs to sing for services when the cathedral choir is on holiday. There are many dates available throughout the year, and you can be assured of a warm welcome from the clergy and congregation.

Please contact Graham Thorpe, Assistant Director of Music, for more information.

Dates Available

Sundays: 
Choral Eucharist 10:30
Choral Evensong 16:30

Saturdays and weekdays:
Evensong 17:30

During the Covid-19 pandemic we have been unable to welcome visiting choirs but we are delighted now to be able to book visiting choirs again. We are currently booking for the following dates:

2022
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th August
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th October
Saturday 31st December and Sunday 1st January

2023
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May
Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July
Saturday 22rd and Sunday 23rd July
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August

Accommodation, travel and dinner arrangements

There are plenty of excellent accommodation options in Bradford that are suitable for groups with and without children. We recommend staying in the Midland Hotel, which is a five-minute walk from the cathedral and has a bespoke accommodation package for visiting choirs.

Midland Hotel Bradford
Midland Hotel Bradford

The Midland offers a bespoke visiting choir package, which includes:

  • Accommodation and full Yorkshire breakfast
  • 3 course dinner (optional)
  • A rehearsal room (subject to availability)
  • Afternoon refreshments- tea, coffee, biscuits
  • DarkLight internet connectivity- delivering speeds up to 300 Mpbs

Prices starting from £36.50 per person sharing a twin/double room for bed and breakfast, and £51.50 per person sharing a twin/double room including dinner in the beautiful Grill Restaurant.

 

 

The hotel is ideally situated for the Cathedral, being a 5-7 minute walk away. Although located in the city centre, car parking is available and the surrounding area is quiet. The rooms are comfortable and spacious and the breakfast plentiful. Breakfast is served from 7:30am on Sunday morning allowing sufficient time to get to the Cathedral for an early start. We were also allowed to remain in the car park until after Evensong on the Sunday which saved having to find alternative parking. 

Visiting Choir experience

Other accommodation options include:

Bradford has two railway stations and the major hub of Leeds is only 20 minutes away by train

  • Bradford Forster Square (5 mins’ walk). Trains to Leeds, Skipton, Ilkley etc.
  • Bradford Interchange (10 mins’ walk). Trains to Leeds, Manchester, London, Huddersfield, Halifax etc.

Bradford is well known as being the ‘curry capital’ of the UK. For those who don’t like spicy food, there are many national chains in the city centre:

  • The Kashmir (behind the Alhambra Theatre): Bradford’s original curry house. Don’t expect to be given a knife and fork!
  • Omar Khan’s (opposite Mecca Bingo): The £14.95 banquet will prevent you from eating for a week afterwards, such is the quantity of food!
  • Zizzi’s (Broadway shopping centre): Great pizzas etc
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