About us

We are a charity that supports the valuable work of musicians who enrich so many lives through the power of cathedral music.

Since our foundation in 1956 (as the charity Friends of Cathedral Music), we have made a positive difference to the lives of many thousands of children, young people and adult musicians across the UK and Ireland. We seek innovative and sector-leading ways to support high quality musicianship in cathedrals and churches through our programmes, training, advocacy and research. Our vision is to create a vibrant choral music scene that champions excellence and provides opportunities for people from all walks of life to thrive and develop.

THE TRUST IN NUMBERS

33

AWARDS MADE IN 2023

169

AWARDS MADE SINCE 2019

£6,000,000+

GIVEN IN SUPPORT SINCE 1956

Who We Are

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Our People

Get to know the people behind Cathedral Music Trust, from our Patrons and Ambassadors to our wonderful volunteers.
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Our Story

Delve deeper into our journey so far, from our formation by the Revd Ronald Sibthorp in 1956 to the present day.

Our Impact

Our support has a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of people

We have invested in programmes that both widen participation by giving youngsters their first taste of cathedral music, and that develop expertise, through the training of choristers, organ and choral scholars, and by supporting professional roles within cathedral music departments.

Our investment enables music departments to enhance what they already achieve as well as develop new work, giving them time to evaluate its success and secure the means to continue the work beyond the scope of our support.

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Our new choral scholars will help us to put Welsh on an equal footing with English in our music and better serve our community, where 80% are Welsh speakers. We are incredibly grateful to you for making this a reality.

Joe Cooper, Director of Music at St Deiniol’s Cathedral, Bangor

What We Do

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How we help

Our programmes help to transform lives through cathedral music. Our work builds on the foundations of our predecessor charity, Friends of Cathedral Music, and addresses challenges and opportunities presented to the sector both now and into the future.
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Our publications

Cathedral Music is our flagship magazine, delivered to our Friends and Patrons twice a year, and our monthly newsletter, Cathedral Voice, contains the latest news from across the choral world. We also commission research into cathedral music.
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Our Events

We hold gatherings across the UK and Ireland, showcasing the very best of our choirs and organs. Gatherings are a great way to get closer to the Trust and meet fellow cathedral music lovers. We also hold other events such as online quizzes and conferences.

Get Involved

Show your support and make a real difference to our cherished tradition.

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