• St Paul's Cathedral courtesy of the Association of English Cathedrals

    St Paul's Cathedral

  • St George’s Chapel, Windsor  image courtesy of the Association of English Cathedrals

    St George’s Chapel, Windsor

  • Wells Cathedral from the fcm archive

    Wells Cathedral

  • Wakefield Cathedral image courtesy of the Association of English Cathedrals

    Wakefield Cathedral

  • Wells Cathedral from the fcm archive

    Wells Cathedral

  • York Minster from the fcm archive

    York Minster

  • York Minster image courtesy of the Association of English Cathedrals

    York Minster

Background

 We are a charity founded in 1956 and our purpose is

  • To safeguard our priceless heritage of cathedral music and support a living tradition
  • To increase public knowledge and appreciation of that heritage and tradition
  • To encourage high standards in choral and organ music
  • To raise money by subscriptions, donations and legacies for choirs in need

Since our foundation we have:

  • Given over £4 million to Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedral, church and collegiate chapel choirs in the UK and overseas
  • Endowed many choristerships
  • Worked to influence and maintain the cathedral tradition of choral worship
  • Launched the Diamond Fund for Choristers in 2016 to raise £10M to support our work

How are we organised?

  • We have two Patrons: The Archbishop of Canterbury & The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster
  • A President and six Vice-Presidents
  • A Council of Trustees with Membership, Cathedral Liaison and Finance sub-committees
  • A Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer with managers and Co-ordinators of specific areas
  • Diocesan Representatives
  • A written Constitution

How do we raise money to support cathedral choirs?

  • Annual subscriptions from members
  • Corporate membership
  • Donations
  • Legacies
  • Sales of merchandise
  • Fundraising through the Diamond Fund

Benefits of membership include

  • A welcome pack
  • A free twice-yearly illustrated colour magazine, Cathedral Music
  • A free twice-yearly newsletter, Cathedral Voice
  • Meeting other members and enjoying cathedral music at local and national gatherings in cathedral cities
  • Advance notice of future events
  • Intangible benefits such as the knowledge that we are supporting the development of sacred choral music

How do we spend money in supporting choirs?

At a time when many Cathedral and church music departments are battling with running costs, the FCM gives invaluable grants to assist in maintaining this priceless, 1400-year-old heritage.

  • See Grants section for details of grants given since the FCM began.