RSCM success for Warwick Choristers

We congratulate two choristers of St Mary’s, Warwick, who have achieved the RSCM Gold Award. The first evidence of a choir at the Collegiate Church of St Mary, Warwick, dates from 1123. Today, the church has choirs of boys, girls and men, singing four choral services a week in addition to a programme of tours, […]

Could you be an FCM Trustee?

Are you passionate about sustaining our wonderful cathedral music tradition? Do you have a little time to spare? Do you have skills in marketing and PR or knowledge/experience of Charity Law and administration? The Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) is looking for two new Trustees to join its Council at a time of major change […]

One day one choir – a global project for peace

Today, 21st September, is International Peace Day.  Choirs, including many cathedral choirs, from all around the globe are marking this annual event, demonstrating that singing together can play a significant role in bringing communities together. For more information and to see who is taking part, visit

Welcome to St Alphege, Solihull, a new corporate member

We are delighted that a number of cathedrals and parish churches have recently joined Friends of Cathedral Music as corporate members.  We aim to feature each of our new members in news posts in the coming weeks. The first is St Alphege, Solihull  The church’s busy music department introduces itself: St Alphege is proud of […]

Invitation to apply for grant funding

Applications are invited from choral foundations with significant ethnic minority representation for funding in the region of £4-5,000 over three years for the benefit of young choristers.  This funding has been offered to the FCM Diamond Fund for Choristers for the period Sept 2019 to July 2022 by a small trust which specialises in ethnic […]

Tenebrae Choir present programme dedicated to Ivor Gurney

FCM members in the South West may be interested in attending concerts at Exeter and Truro Cathedrals on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st September. Tenebrae, one of the world’s most virtuosic professional choirs, presents a powerful pairing of poetry and music in a range of works by Elgar, Gurney, Howells, Parry and Tavener to mark […]

Special Choral Evensong at The Parish Church of St John-in-Hampstead

Worshippers at Hampstead Parish Church think that the wonderful tradition of choral evensong deserves to be better known. They are therefore holding a special choral evensong for the community on Sunday 23 September. The service will take place at 6pm, followed by a drinks reception at about 7pm. They are inviting representatives from local schools, […]

FCM 2018 Christmas Cards

Christmas still seems several months away, but for those who like to plan ahead, FCM’s 2018 Christmas Cards are now available (£4.50 for a pack of 10). Choose from four different festive designs. What better way to support hard-working cathedral choirs up and down the land as they start preparing for the Christmas season! Order […]

An exciting opportunity for cathedral and church choristers

A free one-day workshop for the Cathedral Choristers of Britain with Dominic Ellis-Peckham and Suzzie Vango Saturday 20 October 2018, Birmingham Cathedral Following the Cathedral Choristers of Britain’s concert in St Paul’s Cathedral (to launch Friends of Cathedral Music’s Diamond Fund for Choristers) and their subsequent CD recording, we have been looking into ways of […]

Re-instating Martin Shaw as composer and champion of English music

FCM members may be interested to attend a song recital and symposium at the British Library on Monday 17 September 2018. Autumn 2018 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the death of Martin Shaw, a remarkably diverse and influential figure in English musical life in the first half of the twentieth century. It coincides with the […]

A new Director of Music for Peterborough Cathedral

Peterborough Cathedral has appointed its first ever female new director of music. The chapter of Peterborough Cathedral has announced that Tansy Castledine, who has been director of music at St Mark’s, Hamilton Terrace, London, since 2012, will take up the post in September. Ms Castledine was also director of music at St George’s College, Weybridge, […]