Record number of music enthusiasts descend on Cambridge for FCM’s National Gathering
Nearly 250 enthusiasts of cathedral and church music from throughout the UK and overseas will descend on Cambridge from March 9-11. It is the largest gathering of FCM members since it was founded more than 60 years ago and is the first of three similar events to be held this year.
The two-and-a-half day gathering will include visits to King’s College, St John’s College, Trinity College, Jesus College, Selwyn College, Clare College, Queens’ College and Corpus Christi College, in addition to services at Great St Mary’s Church, the University Church, and Our Lady and the English Martyrs RC Church.
The visit to King’s College on the Friday will include private viewings of the College Archives, Choral Evensong in the Chapel and a Gathering Dinner in the College Hall where the guest of honour will be the new President of FCM, Stephen Cleobury.
On the Saturday, members go to the chapels of Trinity College and Jesus College, to hear about the music, the choirs and the chapel organs. They will also be treated to the rare treat of Choral Mattins at the University Church. The day will conclude with the Great Lenten Meditation service in the Chapel at St John’s College, conducted by Andrew Nethsingha, who will also give a talk on the Sunday.
FCM members will have a choice of venue for Choral Evensong on the Sunday, choosing between Selwyn College, where Director of Music Sarah MacDonald is also Director of the girls’ choir at Ely Cathedral, Queens’ College, where Ralph Allwood, brother of FCM Chairman Peter Allwood, is Director of Music, and Clare College, where Graham Ross is Director of Music.