About the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund

The Covid 19 pandemic has placed huge financial pressure on our treasured cathedral choirs. Some may not survive. CMT and the Ouseley Church Music Trust aim to raise £1 million and make grants to choirs in need. Please help save this precious musical tradition.


Watch our video to learn more about the Cathedral Choirs Emergency Fund





Cathedral Music Trust as The Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) and the Ouseley Church Music Trust (OCMT) launched the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund to support choirs silenced during the COVID-19 national lockdown. While singers in cathedral choirs have mostly been placed on furlough, a survey of their Directors of Music has revealed that they fear significant financial difficulties once restrictions are lifted and choirs reform.


Our survey has shown that many choral foundations across the UK will struggle to survive the next few months without additional financial support. The UK is the only country in the world where the tradition of daily sung liturgy in cathedrals has been so widely maintained. This precious inheritance is now clearly at risk.


We need to make sure they return to the musical excellence for which they are renowned throughout the world. However, it has become clear that this will only happen with significant additional funds. The Cathedral Choirs Emergency Fund aims to raise £1 million and make grants to cathedral choral foundations in need. FCM and OCMT have each committed £250,000 towards the target, and the Choir Schools Association (CSA) has now joined the partnership with an equal contribution.


We need to do everything in our power to uphold the great tradition of fine sacred choral music. We will work together and with other charities to raise funds to provide financial assistance as the response to this crisis unfolds. Our aim is to ensure that choirs can remain together and return to their normal high standards of performance once the buildings are opened again. We strongly urge anyone who values this unique tradition to consider making a donation


You can donate via Just Giving here.


We have received tremendous support from many individuals and organisations including The Rudolfus Foundation whose Virtual Evensong was a fitting launch to the appeal. Thanks also go to Norwich Cathedral and Ashley Grote and his team for their hard work leading to the success of Cathedral Choirs Sing Forever and the South West Choral Scholars for their Scholars Evensong