The Choir

The Choir, is the area of a church or cathedral that provides seating for the clergy and church choir. It is in the western part of the chancel, between the nave and the sanctuary, which houses the altar and Church tabernacle. In larger medieval churches it contained choir-stalls, seating aligned with the side of the church, so at right-angles to the seating for the congregation in the nave.

St Columb’s Cathedral is a fine example of 17th century “Planters Gothic” architecture and was the first Protestant Cathedral built in Britain or Ireland following the Reformation.

It is named after St Columb, aka Columba (the little dove) AD 521 – 597 - the patron saint of Londonderry.  He is credited with spreading Christianity in Scotland where he founded an abbey on Iona in 563 AD.