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DFC Patrons

Royal Patron: HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, GCVO

Our Patrons

Our patrons are a blend of ex-choristers and prominent personalities who have made their name in professions as diverse as politics, comedy, theatre, media and finance as well as music.

  • Alexander Armstrong*, comedian and TV presenter
  • Simon Russell Beale*, actor
  • Harry Christophers*, founder and conductor, The Sixteen
  • Katie Derham, BBC Proms presenter
  • Sir Roger Gifford, former Lord Mayor of London
  • David Hill, conductor of the Bach Choir
  • Rt Hon David Lammy MP*, former Minister
  • Dame Felicity Lott*, soprano
  • Richard Morrison, The Times chief music critic
  • Roxanna Panufnik, composer
  • Dr John Rutter, composer
  • Dr Richard Seal*, founder of first girls’ cathedral choir (Salisbury)
  • Jon Snow*, Channel 4 News presenter
  • Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’’s Music

* ex-chorister

Meet the team…

The Diamond Fund for Choristers is run by volunteers with the assistance of a part-time consultant.


Our volunteers report quarterly to the Chairman of the Friends of Cathedral Music and to the Executive Committee, and every six months they also report to Council.

  • Maurice Kenwrick-Piercy is a former chorister at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and a retired civil servant.
  • Felicity Pattenden is a former chorister parent, singer, choir mistress, and retired teacher.
  • Dr Jim Caughey is an organist and is retired from the Met Office.


Jane Kemp is our part-time business manager.