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Old Friends Reunited in Choral Classics Concert at Chelmsford Cathedral

Sixty years after their deaths in 1958, friends Martin Shaw, the first President of Friends of Cathedral Music, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, will be celebrated at a ‘Choral Classics’ on Saturday 23rd June at Chelmsford Cathedral. Two anthems by Hubert Parry, who was the men’s tutor at the Royal College of Music, will also feature. […]

Leeds International Organ Festival

FCM members may be interested to attend events at the Leeds International Organ Festival, which takes place in May, June and July this year. The festival includes Monday lunchtime organ recitals at Leeds Cathedral (including one given by FCM member and Diocesan Representative Sean Montgomery on 2nd July) and a host of other events, including […]

Wishing Stephen Cleobury a speedy recovery

Members of FCM have been sorry to learn that their President, Stephen Cleobury, has spent some time in hospital following an accident. The Provost of King’s College, Cambridge, Professor Mike Proctor, has confirmed with a brief statement: “Our warmest thoughts are with Stephen and his family and we wish him a speedy return to full health. We […]

Christopher Gower’s anthem for FCM’s 60th anniversary is published

Encore Publications has recently published FCM’s ‘anniversary anthem’ by Council Member, Christopher Gower. The anthem, ‘Tune me, O Lord’ is for SATB and organ, with words by Christina Rossetti (1830-94), and was composed to mark the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Friends of Cathedral Music.  It was first performed at the FCM Festal Evensong service in […]

In Search of Nightingales: The Diary of Elizabeth Campbell 1933 – 34

FCM members may be interested in a new newly published edition of this book: “Nature-loving Elizabeth filled her days with outings; but her daily pursuit of London’s musical, liturgical and social experiences makes her portrait of divided Depression-era Britain compelling.” Excerpt from review by Graeme Kay, ‘Choir & Organ Magazine’ In 1933, celebrated Australian organist […]

Exeter Cathedral School seeks new Director of Music

Exeter Cathedral school is advertising for a new Director of Music to start in September 2018. More information about this interesting and rewarding role is available from the application pack here:  Director of Music for Sept 18 Information for Applicants Pack ECS

Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies Competition 9 and 10 March 2018

Members attending the Cambridge National Gathering might also be interested to attend the first CAOS COMPETITION FOR STUDENT ORGANISTS, which takes place at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, from 10am to 4pm on Friday 9 March. Nine students from Cambridge University, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and Royal Birmingham Conservatory will compete for a prize of […]

Mansion House Dinner

We are pleased to announce that the Diamond Fund for Choristers fundraising event at Mansion House on 24th October raised £30,000, as well as offers of assistance. Half the sum will go towards relieving chorister family hardship, the remainder to grants in support of the work of cathedral choristers in 2018. We are particularly grateful […]