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.
The music department is headed up by the Director of Music and Organist, Scott Farrell, who has overall responsibility for music in the Cathedral and especially the training of the Boy Choristers. The Assistant Director of Music and Sub-Organist, Claire Innes-Hopkins directs the Girl Choristers and jointly directs Rochester Cathedral Children's Choir with Scott Farrell and Coral Roberts. James Norrey, The Michael James Assistant Sub-Organist completes the line up and plays for choral services and assists with the direction of the Cathedral Choir.