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Diamond Jubilee National Gathering in London

Notes from the Jubilee Gathering from David Tiley (Bristol Diocesan Representative)

St. Bride’s Church after Diamond Jubilee Service (David Tilley)

St Bride’s Church after Diamond Jubilee Service (David Tiley)

In the Thanksgiving Service various speakers recollected the founding of the FCM and reviewed progress from then to each jubilee. Candles were lit for the silver, gold and diamond jubilees as well as a large candle featuring the FCM logo.

Music by composers who had been associated with the FCM was sung by the adult choir of professional singers, and Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, gave an address.

FCM Candles at St Brides (photo David Tilley)

FCM candles at St Bride’s (photo David Tiley)

At the AGM, Dr Christopher Robinson retired as President. The new President is Stephen Cleobury (Director of Music at Kings College, Cambridge). The meeting was told that the FCM has been able to give grants totalling £590,000 in the diamond jubilee year.

Although there was much scaffolding in the church it was considered important for the service to be in the place where the founding meeting was held. The scaffolding did not prevent members being seated!!


At the Festal Evensong, excellent singing was heard by the Southwark Cathedral ‘great choir’, which combines the boy and girl choristers on the top line.

The service was followed by a reception in the churchyard. Just after the Dean cut the FCM birthday cake the heavens opened, and a retreat was made into the building.

The FCM Cake at Southwark (photo David Tilley)

The FCM cake at Southwark (photo David Tiley)