JUBILATE - 500 years of Cathedral Music with the Cathedral Choristers of Britain
Important developments are now under way for the Diamond Fund for Choristers with the promotion of a new CD 'Jubilate – 500 years of Cathedral Music’ on Classic FM and elsewhere. Go to https://youtu.be/Ms9Mq9OQBjE for an introduction to the CD and a look at the some of the issues behind the CD launch, due on 17 March. Many thanks to Decca, St Paul's Cathedral and so many others for the extraordinary help they have given the Friends of Cathedral Music in taking the Diamond Fund for Choristers project forward.
See also http://www.fcm.org.uk/Listen/Recordings March 2017 (Preview) if you would like to order a copy of this unique and superlative CD, proceeds from which will go to the Diamond Fund for Choristers. This will help fund the training of children, especially those from modest backgrounds, not just in choral but also a wide range of essential life skills which will serve them well in their later lives. It will also sustain a priceless heritage and living tradition of 1,400 years' vintage in which UK choirs excel and are admired the world over; offer us all continuing access to sublime music and talented musicians of the future; help increase mutual understanding between children of different backgrounds; and give the disadvantaged the best possible start in life. Choristers are flagbearers for all that is best about modern Britain!
New FCM Chairman announced for 2017
FCM's next Chairman will be Peter Allwood, taking over from Professor Peter Toyne who will be stepping down at this year's AGM in Bristol.
Educated at Tiffin School in Kingston-on-Thames, King's College Cambridge (where he held a choral scholarship) and Durham University (studying for a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education), his career in teaching took him first to Leighton Park, a Quaker School in Reading, then to Oundle and Christ's Hospital as Director of Music, and finally Lichfield Cathedral School as Head.
He retired 5 years ago to become a freelance musician, but put that on hold for a couple of years as the Dragon School in Oxford needed an interim Director of Music. He's now enjoying life as a conductor, singer, composer, keyboard player, adjudicator and examiner, based in Pulborough, West Sussex.
Further details of his family, interests, likes and dislikes will be revealed in a Getting to know you interview in the next issue of Cathedral Voice. Meanwhile, we wish him well as he 'shadows' our current Chairman over the next 12 months and finally finds out what he's let himself in for!
FCM gives record £617,000 in grants
The FCM gave a record £617,000 in grants in 2016 to mark our Diamond Jubilee to boost music-making in British cathedrals and churches. The highest grant of £49,000 went to Gloucester Cathedral as an Endowment in support of choristers and the next highest awards to Sheffield Cathedral for choral scholarships and Ripon Cathedral as an Endowment in support of choristers. Full details of these grants are in the Grants section of this website at http://www.fcm.org.uk/Grants/Grants_after_2010.html