Joining the Dots: An online conference for people working in cathedral music

Joining the Dots: An online conference for people working in cathedral music
Join us online for Cathedral Music Trust's inaugural virtual conference on 18 and 19 January 2022.

The focus across the two days will be on education in the broadest possible sense: from creating a successful learning environment for choristers, to providing equality of access, and building sustainable partnerships. There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion, questions and practice, in sessions led by leading musicians, educators and cultural leaders. At the end of the conference, an action planning session will allow delegates to discuss lessons learnt and actions to be taken.

A virtual conference pass costs £10. This includes the opportunity to review sessions again online. 

Sign in or create an account below. Then click 'register myself', and select the sessions you would like to attend. You can attend as many as you like at no additional cost, but you will need to register for each one in order to receive the Zoom link.

All sessions will be held via Zoom

Programme highlights

  • Where does cathedral music sit within the national picture? with Simon Toyne, Executive Director of Music at the David Ross Education Trust
  • From outreach to partnership with Tom Leech, Director of the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme, and Tom Daggett, Organ Outreach Fellow at St Paul’s Cathedral
  • Shaping your cathedral music ecosystem in a post-covid world chaired by Tansy Castledine, Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral
  • Embedding diversity in the talent pipeline led by Rob Adediran, consultant, educationalist and former executive director of the education charity Music Masters
  • The whole chorister: creating an effective learning environment led by music pedagogical experts, Don Gillthorpe (Director of Music at Lancaster Priory and Director of Music and Performing Arts at Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy) and Catherine Beddison (Deputy Head at Cranleigh Prep School and Trustee of Sing for Pleasure)

See the full programme and timings below.

Who is it for?

The conference is aimed principally to those working in cathedral music, however we warmly welcome anyone with a personal or professional interest in cathedral music.

We are deeply grateful to the Tanner Trust for their support of this initiative

About our vision

As part of our work as an organisation encouraging and supporting excellence and best practice, we at Cathedral Music Trust want both to challenge and inspire attendees as we look develop a future for cathedral music that is better, stronger and fairer for all those involved. 

Our grants help maintain and develop the work of choral foundations across the UK and Republic of Ireland. In 2021 the Trust oversaw the distribution of nearly half a million pounds in funding for choral foundations to support their work this year.

18/01/2022 10:00 - 19/01/2022 15:30
GMT Standard Time
Sign in or create an account to register Last day to register is 17/01/2022


Tuesday, 18 January 2022


Cathedral Music - its importance for music education in the UK

A reflection on the values underpinning cathedral music programmes and the role that cathedral music can play in music education across the country.
10:00 - 11:30
Simon Toyne

Experts in pedagogy, Don Gillthorpe and Catherine Beddison, take an in-depth look the chorister's learning journey and explore ways to create the most effective learning environment.
11:45 - 12:45
The Whole Chorister

How do we further our desire to provide equality of access across a choral foundation's music department? A workshop led by Rob Adediran, with opportunities for participation and discussion.
14:00 - 15:30
Colourful treble clef on a blue background

Wednesday, 19 January 2022


A panel discussion led by Tansy Castledine

The global pandemic presented unprecedented challenges to cathedral music departments. A panel of experts review how we have weathered the storm, evaluate what we have learned through the experience and look forward, exploring how we can make courageous choices across the music department's work to ensure a sustainable and vibrant future.
10:00 - 11:00
Light bulb

Much has changed in the field of cathedral music education in the last 20 years. What is the impact of 20 years of outreach? How do we shape our work beyond cathedral walls? An interactive workshop with Tom Leech and Tom Daggett.
11:30 - 12:30
Joining jigsaw pieces

Applying for a Cathedral Music Trust grant. An introduction to our 2022 grant programme and an opportunity to ask questions.
13:00 - 13:30
plant growing from money pot

Cathedral Music Trust Chair, Peter Allwood, leads discussion on how Cathedral Music Trust can best support cathedral music into the future. A chance to ask questions and contribute.
14:00 - 15:00
Peter Allwood