About the Diamond Fund for Choristers
Royal Patron: HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, GCVO
Our heritage, their future.
The tradition of live cathedral music is one that spans 1,400 years. It is the UK’s oldest living cultural heritage, an art form that needs to be preserved.
The Diamond Fund for Choristers was launched in 2016 to help do just that. Over the period to the end of 2020 we aim to raise either £10 million, or stable income of £300,000 pa, in support of cathedral choristers across the UK. This will help provide:
- Voice and instrument training
- Outreach and recruitment initiatives
- Grant funding for hardship cases
- Other assistance to help choristers develop and flourish
the Cathedral Choristers of Britain, the Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral and Aled Jones as they assemble for the recording of their best-selling CD, Jubilate – 500 years of Cathedral Music, a former No 1 in the UK classical album charts.
The voice of tomorrow
Did you know that children make up more than half of the UK’s cathedral choirs? Coming from all walks of life, the opportunity to train as a chorister breaks down barriers, builds life skills, and offers children “the single greatest leg-up a child can be given in life” [Alexander Armstrong, former chorister, television and radio presenter, comedian, actor and singer, DFC Patron].
St Paul's Choristers
Ely Girls at the Organ
Choristers at St Paul's
How to get involved…
The team behind The Diamond Fund for Choristers is working hard to reach the target of £10 million by 2020. There are a number of ways you can help us get there:
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Alastair Cook, CBE
to an extract from the rehearsal of Hubert Parry’s I was glad, from the DFC launch concert when 62 choristers from (almost) every cathedral and choral foundation in the land performed together with the St Paul’s Cathedral choir.
The Cathedral Choristers of Britain, DFC Launch Concert, St Paul’s Cathedral, 27th April 2016