Happy 100th to Dr Francis Jackson!

Earlier this week Dr Francis Jackson celebrated his 100th birthday and Ed Jackson captured the moment when he opened his card from Her Majesty The Queen.  Later today York Minster is inviting the public along to a very special Evensong at 5.15pm and a reception in the North Transept at 6.15. All over the country … Continue reading →

Exeter Cathedral & its Choristers at Christmas

  An exhibition celebrating Exeter Cathedral and its choristers at Christmas opens on Tuesday 21st November until Friday 15th December.  Forty local artists have come together for the first time to showcase work that demonstrates their shared love and celebration of Exeter Cathedral. It has been organised by the Cathedral and the Matthew Locke Society, … Continue reading →

London Oratory’s Schola Off to USA

London Oratory School’s Schola Cantorum are heading across the Atlantic in October for a series of concerts in Boston, New York and Washington DC under the baton of their Director, Charles Cole. Shortly after their return they can be heard in concert at St James’s, Sussex Gardens, London W2. The programme, on Thursday 9 November … Continue reading →

Ely Students at Great British Sewing Bee Live!

TALENTED Fashion and Textiles students from King’s Ely have been invited to  exhibit their work at this year’s Great British Sewing Bee Live. Yet another example of the rich and diverse  talent in our choir schools! Around a dozen A Level Fashion and Textiles students will be showcasing their flamboyant garment designs and accessories at … Continue reading →

Portsmouth Trumpet Stop Christening

Portsmouth Cathedral Organ’s new ‘Trompete de Maris’  Stop will be played in concert for the first time on Friday 30 September during the Cathedral Patronal Festival. The ‘Trumpet of the Sea was designed by Nicholson & Co, and installed in the summer. The organ at Portsmouth Cathedral itself has an interesting story.  Originally designed by English … Continue reading →

Two Training Courses from SING UP Team

Sing Up are running two courses in October designed to benefit music teachers and choral leaders  in primary and secondary schools. Many of you may remember that CSA was very involved in the government’s national singing programme (known as Sing Up). We ran the Chorister Outreach Programme at 42 cathedral and choir school foundations. Improve … Continue reading →

New Recruits for Canterbury Choir Stalls

  Four of the Cathedral’s  choristers became part of Canterbury’s historic tradition when they were formally admitted to the Cathedral Foundation* on Sunday. Theo Bawtree, Christopher Bufford, Mark Lower and Fergus McKie joined the many others who have gone before them to have their names added to the membership of the Foundation. Felix Preston was made Senior … Continue reading →

An ex-chorister and his cello!

Tecchler’s Cello: From Cambridge to Rome, a new album from Guy Johnston and King’s College, Cambridge is out today! Guy Johnston celebrates his 300 year-old Tecchler cello by tracing a musical journey from Cambridge – where Guy was a chorister at King’s – to Rome, the birthplace of his cello. Featuring the Choir of King’s … Continue reading →

Welcome Back Choristers!

Boy and girl choristers will be heading back to school this week and resuming their cathedral duties. For others this will be the beginning of a new adventure as they start their probationary training to become a chorister. The first-class musical training along with a first-class education promises to lay foundations that will support them for life. … Continue reading →

England’s Greatest Musical Legacy

BBC viewers are in for a treat this autumn when Lucy Worsley charts the story of ‘England’s greatest musical legacy’ – choral evensong. The programme is part of a series of new arts, music and drama commissions on BBC Four to mark the 500th anniversary of The Reformation. Reformation: The Story of Martin Luther The … Continue reading →

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