Tenebrae’s Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square

Tenebrae presents its fourth annual Holy Week Festival in partnership with St John’s Smith Square, celebrating the rich variety of choral music for Lent and Easter through a programme of concerts, workshops and late-night events. This year’s festival features: The King’s Singers (5 April) Thee all-female ensemble Musica Secreta (11 April) Bach’s St Matthew Passion, […]

Welcome to St Mary Magdalene, Newark, our newest corporate member

FCM is delighted to welcome the parish church of St Mary Magdalene, Newark. Here is some information about the church and its choir. Newark is a market town in the Southwell and Nottingham Diocese. Many a traveller on the East Coast main line or the A1 will have seen the spire, one of the tallest […]

Resignation of Westminster Cathedral’s Master of Music

Peter Allwood, Chairman of FCM, writes: “We are sad to learn of the resignation of Martin Baker as Master of the Choristers at Westminster Cathedral. Under his leadership, the choir has been a beacon of musical excellence in the Catholic tradition. We wish Martin well as he moves on to the next stage in his […]

Z is for…Zadok (courtesy of the Cathedral Choristers of Britain)

We couldn’t find a choral foundation beginning with the letter Z, but thought we’d take the opportunity to celebrate the hard work of all choral foundations up and down the country, not just over the last 25 days, but throughout the whole year. View our complete Advent Calendar here We have been delighted to feature […]

Y is for…York

We’ve made it to Christmas Day!  Choristers and Songmen in York, along with choirs up and down the country, are on the homeward straight and are looking forward to a break from tomorrow onwards. Today, we are discovering how York Minster celebrates Christmas. View our complete Advent Calendar here In 627AD St Paulinus travelled to […]

X is for…(E)xeter

No, we haven’t really found a UK choral foundation beginning with ‘X’ – if there’s one out there, do get in touch, we’d love to hear from you! We’re excited, though, to be able to feature Exeter Cathedral, today, 24th December. View our complete Advent Calendar here The choristers have been working hard to prepare […]

W is for…Wells

Today, 23 December, we are travelling to Somerset. Although it is situated in England’s smallest city, Wells Cathedral is a very busy place during the festive season. View our complete Advent Calendar here The most spectacular Christmas events at Wells Cathedral in December must surely be the annual Candlelight Concerts which take place on 19, […]

V is for…VOCES8

We thought long and hard about whom we should feature today, 22 December, for the letter V. In the end, we decided to take the opportunity to branch out a bit and look at a secular ensemble which owes much to the tradition of cathedral music. For this reason, we are featuring the vocal ensemble […]

U is for…University College, Oxford

Today, 21 December, we feature two ‘U’s: University College Oxford and their director, the singer Giles Underwood. View our complete Advent Calendar here The Chapel Choir of University College, Oxford is a mixed choir not only of choral scholars and volunteers, but also of undergraduate and postgraduate members. The choir sings once a week during […]

T is for…Truro

Today, 20 December, we are in Cornwall, visiting Truro Cathedral. If you have been waiting since 11 December to find out which choral foundation was the first to hold the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, wait no longer! It was Truro Cathedral. View our complete Advent Calendar here Until 1879, the choir had traditionally […]