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May 24, 2024

Duke visits Small Sounds in Chester

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The Duke of Westminster and Miss Olivia Henson visited Chester Cathedral last month, ahead of their marriage, observing a pilot session of our ‘Small Sounds’ programme for early years children and their families, which has been supported by funding from the Westminster Foundation. The couple were then married in the cathedral on 7 June.

The Duke and Olivia met Cathedral Music Trust’s Programmes Director, Cath Dew, and music staff at Chester Cathedral, and joined Cathy and local children for a pilot session of Small Sounds. Launching in September, the programme will provide free, weekly music-making for 0 to 5-year-olds and their families at the cathedraland train cathedral music staff to develop their skills and experience in early years practice.

“Cathedral Music Trust is passionate about choral music and its power to connect people at all stages of life. Our Small Sounds programme is the beginning of that journey and we are launching the project here in Chester in September. Small Sounds will provide free weekly music groups for little ones aged 0-5 years and their families in six cathedrals – including Chester Cathedral – in the project’s first year.”

Cathy Dew, Programme Director, Cathedral Music Trust

“The Small Sounds initiative will help us to introduce the joy of singing to today’s children, encouraging them on a life-long journey of musical discovery, and helping Chester Cathedral to play a part in maintaining the heritage skill of choral music.”

Canon Rosie Woodall, Canon for Spirituality and Worship at Chester Cathedral