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Friends of Cathedral Music Awards Gloucester Cathedral £49,000 Music Grant

Choristers£600,000 Boost for Cathedral Music-making across Britain

The Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) announced last week that it is handing out a record £600,000 to boost music-making in British cathedrals and churches.

At a time when some cathedral and church music departments are battling with running costs, the sum goes some way to ensuring that a priceless 1,400 year-old heritage will be preserved for future generations, the world-renowned charity believes.

The highest grant of £49,000 has been awarded to Gloucester Cathedral. The Gloucester award is in support of an endowment grant for choristers and is the largest the Cathedral has ever received from FCM. The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester said:

“FCM work tirelessly to support cathedral music across Britain and we are incredibly grateful to receive such a generous award. Music is at the heart of almost all that we do and this funding will help to ensure that the Cathedral’s musical life continues to flourish.”

Adrian Partington, Director of Music at Gloucester Cathedral said:

“We are thrilled and honoured to receive this major grant. It is a testament to Gloucester Cathedral’s vision not only to maintain the tradition of our ancient boys              choir, but also to provide opportunities for as many young people as possible to sing here through our unique Cathedral Youth Choir, rapidly-expanding Cathedral Junior Choir or by becoming a Girl Chorister.”

Other Awards

The next highest awards go to Sheffield Cathedral for choral scholarships and Ripon Cathedral, in endowment grants for choristers, both receiving £40,000.

Wells Cathedral receives £37,500 as an endowment grant in support of a choral foundation, while Portsmouth and Southwark have been awarded £35,000.

For the first time, the Cathedral of the Isle of Man is included in the list.  It will receive an endowment grant of £10,000 in support of the Director of Music’s salary. Two Welsh cathedrals – Brecon and St David’s get £30,000 each and one cathedral from the United States, All Saints, Albany will benefit from a £20,000 cheque in support of organ scholarships.

In announcing the awards, the chairman of the FCM committee which studied 36 requests, Christopher Gower, former Master of the Music at Peterborough cathedral, said:

“It is fitting that in the year that FCM celebrates its diamond anniversary*, we have awarded the highest total ever to be distributed.  The sum doubles the amount handed out last year.”

Last month, FCM kick-started an ambitious scheme to raise £10m for its Diamond Fund for Choristers, at St Paul’s cathedral, where a chorister from each of 60 cathedrals joined the St Paul’s choir in a unique concert.  The organisation has a 4,000 membership.

The full list:

Endowment grants in support of Choral Scholarships:

  • St. Michael’s, Cornhill:   £20k
  • St. George’s, Beckenham:   £25k
  • Carlisle Cathedral:   £25k (over two years)
  • Portsmouth Cathedral:   £35k
  • Southwark Cathedral:   £35k
  • Sheffield Cathedral:   £40k

Endowment grants in support of choral foundations:

  • St.Botolph’s, Boston:   £25k
  • Leicester Cathedral:   £25k
  • Brecon Cathedral:   £30k
  • Wells Cathedral:   £37.5k

Endowment grants in support of choristers:

  • Guildford Cathedral:   £20k (girls)
  • Salisbury Cathedral:    £20k (boys)
  • Ely Cathedral:   £25k (boys)
  • Ripon Cathedral:   £40k (boys and girls)
  • Gloucester Cathedral:   £49k (boys)

Endowment grants in support of Organ Scholarships:

  • St.John, the Divine, Kennington:   £10k
  • Albany Cathedral, New York:   £20k
  • St.John’s, Ranmoor, Sheffield:   £25k
  • St.Davids Cathedral:  £30k

Endowment grant in support of the Director of Music’s salary:

  • Cathedral of the Isle of Man:   £10k

Grants for special purposes:

  • The Pugin and St.Augustine Research Centre: £1k for the purchase of copies of ‘Liber Usualis’
  • Liverpool Cathedral: £10k - for the ongoing work of restoration of the Lady Chapel organ
  • Blackburn Cathedral: £30k – a further grant towards the new accommodation for Choral Scholars, including the purchase of a piano
  • Winchester Cathedral: £30k – towards the costs of the new choir music library, within the new Song School project.

* FCM was founded in St Bride’s Fleet Street in 1956

If you are interested in finding out more about Gloucester Cathedral Music, including how you can get involved or provide support, please contact our Head of Development & Communications, Theo Platt / 01452 874963


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