Rochester Cathedral is the Mother Church of the second most ancient diocese in England, and has resounded to the singing of God's praises since AD 604, when St Augustine appointed Justus to be the first Bishop.
From its earliest times, Rochester appears to have been famous for the training of singers. In his Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, Book IV Bede writes of Bishop Putta, enthroned as Bishop of Rochester in AD 669 that:
"He was extraordinarily skilful in the Roman style of church music, which he had learned from the disciples of the holy Pope Gregory".
Bede goes on to say that:
"From that time also they began in all the churches of the English to learn sacred music, which till then had been only known in Kent".
The Cathedral Choir at Rochester can therefore claim to be the heir to a very ancient tradition as it maintains the round of daily worship.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Francesca Massey as Director of Music and Organist of Rochester Cathedral from September 2019.
The Assistant Director of Music and Sub-Organist, Jeremy Lloyd, assists Francesca Massey in directing the boy and girl choristers, and Coral Roberts directs Rochester Cathedral Children's Choir.
An evening to remember which will have you laughing, crying and feeling immensely proud of our wonderful armed forces family.
Come and listen to our very own voluntary choir perform alongside voluntary choirs from across the country.
Absolute Gospel Company presents its new musical, The King is Coming.
A Night At The Cathedral, live music in a beautiful venue and its all for charity.
Experience sumptuous harmonies in an idyllic, festive setting… G4 return to at Rochester Cathedral!
Rochester Cathedral’s renowned choir returns for our popular Christmas Carol concert