We are a charity founded in 1956 and our purpose is
- To sustain 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 and 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
- 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 house journal, 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 our grants.