What we do

A voice for cathedral music

Cathedral Music Trust is a voice for cathedral music, upholding this integral part of the nation’s cultural heritage by campaigning on behalf of cathedral music and musicians, supporting cathedral choirs and choristers in need, and encouraging the pursuit of excellence in choral and organ music. Harry Christophers, CBE, founder and conductor of The Sixteen, is our first President.

The formation of the Trust was made possible through the remarkable work of Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) which, since its launch in 1956, has given generous grants to Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals, church and collegiate chapel choirs in the UK and overseas, including more than £2 million in the past six years alone. It has also endowed places for choristers and strived to maintain the glorious cathedral tradition of choral worship.

Building on the work of FCM, Cathedral Music Trust’s aims are:

  • to increase public awareness and appreciation of cathedral music
  • to support and encourage all those involved in making cathedral music
  • to extend its range of grants to individuals, choirs and choral foundations

We are especially committed to enabling children from a diverse range of backgrounds to experience the many benefits that come from being a chorister.

The UK’s cathedral choirs are performing to a higher standard and a wider audience than ever before. But they face huge challenges to maintain their long tradition of choral excellence, not least as we emerge from the pandemic crisis. The Cathedral Music Trust aims to be a strong and effective voice for all those who want to see cathedral music not just survive but evolve and flourish.

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Friends of Cathedral Music is part of the Cathedral Music Trust and its members continue to be known as the ‘Friends of Cathedral Music’.

How to become a Friend

 

The work of the Diamond Fund for Choristers, which operates under the patronage of HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, continues as one of the Trust’s development activities.

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