Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund

In partnership with the Ouseley Church Music Trust, FCM has launched the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund to support choirs silenced during the COVID-19 national lockdown. Donate to the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund Watch our video to learn more:   While singers in cathedral choirs have mostly been placed on furlough, a survey of their Directors […]

London Sound Gallery presented by The Gesualdo Six

An online series of concerts takes place next week as the Gesualdo Six present London Sound Gallery, a chamber music festival including vocal and choral works performed by some of the UK’s finest young musicians, celebrating their talent and versatility. You can view a short festival preview here via Vimeo where you will discover the performers taking part […]

Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund application process now open

The Cathedral Choirs Emergency Fund (CCEF) is an initiative of the Cathedral Music Trust, the Ouseley Church Music Trust and the Choir Schools Association. The aim has been to raise £1,000,000 with which to support the restoration of Choral Music in Cathedrals following the financial crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Initial payments have already […]

Festival Announces First Award Winner

The Edington Festival of Music is absolutely delighted to announce that Portsmouth Cathedral Choir is the successful recipient of the first Edington Festival Award. The Cathedral will use the award (£3000 this year) to provide vocal training for choristers. Edington Festival’s Director, Richard Pinel, says ‘We are delighted that the first Edington Festival award has […]

Festival to Announce First Award Winner

The Edington Festival of Music is to announce the winner of the very first Edington Festival Award on Sunday 30th August during the Finale of their week-long festival. The Edington Festival Award was made possible by a bequest which has been invested by the Edington Music Festival. The award was decided in collaboration with Cathedral […]

Ave Maria – a new recording in support of the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund

John Hosking has written a new setting of the Ave Maria which has been recorded remotely by Olivia Hunt (soprano) and an orchestra. It will raise money for the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund. John Hosking said “as a church musician myself, and someone who has learned their trade via Britain’s unrivaled Cathedral and Collegiate choral […]

Organ Scholars Induction Course

In 2020, the RSCM’s Survival Kit! course for organ scholars is going online. With a mixture of at-console learning, and group discussions, the course covers a wide range of topics to support young organists in their first professional role. This course is led by Rosemary Field, Head of Organ Studies and is essential for those […]

Choral Scholars Evensong

Choral Scholars from Bristol, Worcester, Exeter, Truro, Gloucester, Wells, Hereford and Tewkesbury Abbey have put together a virtual service of Choral Evensong, raising money for the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund. They hope this project will be the start of further regional collaboration, either digitally or physically when allowed, and wish to use this as a […]

Applications open for BBC Young Chorister of the Year

Songs of Praise and BBC Radio 2 have joined forces to find The BBC Young Chorister Of The Year. Former choristers Aled Jones and Katherine Jenkins will coach the 5 boys and 5 girls aged 10-16 who are selected to go through to the radio and television competition, where they will sing in front of […]

Friends of Cathedral Music launches Cathedral Music Trust

The Trustees of the Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) are delighted to announce that they have formed a new charity, the Cathedral Music Trust.   The Trust will be a voice for cathedral music, upholding this integral part of the nation’s cultural heritage by campaigning on behalf of cathedral music and musicians, supporting cathedral choirs […]

Find out more about our new logos

The new Cathedral Music Trust’s logo (as well as the redesigned logos of the Friends of Cathedral Music and Diamond Fund for Choristers) represents the many aspects of cathedrals and music. While resembling organ pipes, the shape of the logo’s elements also mirrors the nave and side aisles common to many of the UK’s gothic […]

Derby Cathedral and the Friends of Cathedral Music Composition Competition

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the joint Derby Cathedral and Friends of Cathedral Music Composition Competition is Alison Willis. Competitors were required to compose a new setting for choir and organ of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. A total of 123 composers submitted entries from countries which include the UK, USA, […]

Information about the closure of York Minster School

We are very sad to hear about the closure of York Minster School at the end of this term.  Our hearts go out to the staff, the pupils and the whole community for whom this has been a great shock.  However, we are very pleased that the choristers are being warmly welcomed at St Peter’s […]