The choir took its name from St. Peter's Convent, Horbury, where the group was based for seven years. When the Convent was sold in 1990, the nuns moved into the neighbouring Guest House and the Consort used Horbury Parish Church as its concert venue for a year before moving to Wakefield Cathedral in 1991. St. John’s Church became the choir’s Wakefield home from 1999 before a return to the Cathedral in 2003. We are grateful to Dewsbury Baptist Church for allowing us to use their premises for rehearsal purposes.
Each year, as well as giving three subscription concerts in Wakefield, the Consort raises money for church funds and charities by the giving of recitals and makes regular Cathedral visits to sing services when choirs are on vacation.
The Consort has sung in over half the Cathedrals of England and has taken its music making to North Wales and Scotland. Easter 2003, saw the choir performing services and concerts in Paris, including Notre-Dame, as part of the choir’s 20th anniversary celebrations. In 2008, as part of its silver jubilee celebrations, the choir sang in the major churches of Bruges, Ghent and Brussels.
The choir has also broadcast on national radio on the Daily service (BBC radio 4) on four occasions and has produced a number of CDs
To Hear the choir please click on any of the following links
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The Angel Gabriel (Old Basque).mp3
Prevent us O Lord (Holt).mp3
(composed by John Holt a former consort member, lay clerk and former Assistant Organist of Wakefield Cathedral)