St Mary's Singers of Truro Cathedral


The Choir


st mary's singers in truro cathedral


St Mary’s Singers exists primarily to sing the services at Truro Cathedral when the Cathedral Choir is on holiday. In addition, the thirty-five-strong choir gives concerts throughout the year, performing with St Mary’s Orchestra in spring and summer. Bach’s St John Passion is performed liturgically on Palm Sunday each year and recent concerts have featured Italian baroque, German baroque, German romantic and British twentieth-century music, from Bach’s Mass in B Minor to James MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados. It has in the past broadcast live on BBC Radio 4's Sunday Morning Worship programme.

Founded in 1985 by David Cheetham, St Mary's Singers was conducted by Christopher Gray from 2001 to 2008. Luke Bond has conducted the choir since September 2008.

The choir has had several pieces written specially for it, two of which were commissioned with financial assistance from Arts Council England. One of these works can be heard on the choir's CD All this time this song is best. In 2008, the choir recorded a second CD, Salmow Kernewek, of contemporary choral music by composers living in Cornwall. Both CDs are available from the Cathedral Shop.

The choir is enterprising in its efforts to introduce young people to classical music and the Anglican choral tradition. There are a number of free places available to talented students and concerts with pupils from local schools and colleges are regularly performed . Entry to all performances is free to under-19s.

For information on the choir's Friends and Patrons scheme, including benefits such as priority booking for concerts, please contact the Choir’s Secretary.



The choir is available to sing at weddings and very much enjoys doing so.

Music can be a very important part of a wedding service, and St Mary's Singers, with their Musical Director, Luke Bond, can help to make it special.

Luke is a first class organist who has a lot of experience in this field. 

If required, he can advise on suitable music.  Normally there could be up to 20 singers, but if space in the church is limited, we are happy to provide a smaller group.

The cost depends on the size of choir and what music is chosen, so if you would like to consider St Mary's Singers for your wedding, contact Luke Bond on 07968904366 or e-mail and he will discuss it with you; or contact the Choir’s Secretary.

Our conductor    



Luke Bond

Luke became the conductor of St Mary's Singers in September 2008, when he also became Assistant Director of Music at Truro Cathedral.


Contact details    



Choir Secretary: Claire Harries

St Mary’s Singers
Truro Cathedral Office
14 St Mary's St

Tel: 01872 276782
Fax: 01872 277788

Our Registered Charity Number is 900411.


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