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, […]

Celebrating Fifteen Years of Preserving our Recorded Choral Heritage

Members who enjoyed reading about The Archive of Recorded Church Music in the last edition of CATHEDRAL MUSIC may be interested in the exhibition, ‘Treasure of the Archive’ which will celebrate its founding fifteen years ago. Set in the stunning setting of the Beauchamp Almshouses in Newland, Malvern, this unique exhibition, together with some distinguished […]

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 […]