The Duchess of Gloucester announced as Royal Patron of Friends of Cathedral Music’s Diamond Fund for Choristers
On 22 January, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester becomes the Royal Patron of Friends of Cathedral Music’s Diamond Fund for Choristers. The announcement comes as the Fund begins its second full year of work aiming to raise £10m by 2020 in support of choristers at cathedrals and equivalent choral foundations across Great Britain.
Our cathedral choirs bring us sublime and beautifully performed music up and down the country, day after day, week after week. They are renowned internationally and rely heavily on the contribution of children who routinely perform to the same professional standards as adult members of their choirs. Britain’s choral tradition, developed over the centuries, is one of our greatest gifts to world culture. The Friends of Cathedral Music’s Diamond Fund for Choristers could not be more proud and delighted that Her Royal Highness has agreed to become its Royal Patron.
As running costs spiral, many cathedrals are under growing, and sometimes severe, financial pressure, which is having an increasing impact on the resourcing of their choral foundations. The Duchess of Gloucester’s patronage will help the Diamond Fund for Choristers and its parent charity, the Friends of Cathedral Music, to increase public awareness of the importance of sustaining this priceless strand in the UK’s rich cultural life and heritage.
Dr Stephen Cleobury CBE, President of Friends of Cathedral Music and Director of Music at King’s College Cambridge, said, “It is a great honour to welcome Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester as Royal Patron of our Diamond Fund for Choristers. We look forward to sharing with her our plans for a future in which Friends of Cathedral Music’s Diamond Fund for Choristers plays a key role in sustaining cathedral music for future generations.”