Our Impact

Supporting excellence, participation and sustainability.

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

We have invested in programmes that widen participation – by giving young people their first taste of cathedral music – develop expertise – through the training of choristers, organ and choral scholars, and that support 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.

THE TRUST IN NUMBERS

33

AWARDS MADE IN 2023

169

AWARDS MADE SINCE 2019

£6,000,000+

GIVEN IN SUPPORT SINCE 1956

Engaging with young people

In 2022 we provided support for Gabrieli Roar’s winter project, In Dulci Jubilo, in which nearly 4,000 young singers performed alongside Gabrieli’s professional musicians in eight cathedrals across the UK. Many of the young people who took part live in areas where there is low cultural provision and encountered their first experience of performing choral music in a cathedral setting.

I loved the focus and professionalism of everyone involved. It really inspired me to take my own singing up a notch… This will definitely be near the top of my life-long achievements.

Gabrieli Roar Participant

Primary-School Workshops

In 2022, we supported the work of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace in the London Borough of Hounslow. A highly skilled choral animateur led weekly ‘Songstars’ workshops in primary schools, culminating in a performance by the children in the chapel of Hampton Court. Our support kick-started a pilot year of the programme, which continues to flourish.

My son is in the class singing and adores it. It’s his favourite time of the week, and he sings your songs now every morning and every night!

Parent of a participant

Welsh Language Choral Scholars

In 2021, St Deiniol’s Cathedral in Bangor became the first in the world to offer regular choral services in the Welsh language. In 2022 we enabled the Cathedral to appoint Welsh speaking choral scholars. Not only did they contribute to worship in the first language of the majority of the local population, but they visited schools, giving children a taste of cathedral music through the medium of Welsh.

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

Training Young Singers

We have supported singing lessons for choristers in a number of cathedrals. The cost of singing lessons is beyond the reach of many chorister families and our support helps these children make the most of their time in the choir, as well as developing skills that will benefit them for their entire lives.

One such singer, 12-year-old Amelia, from Arundel Cathedral, made it through to the final of the BBC Young Chorister of the Year Junior Section:

I feel proud that Amelia has competed alongside children who sing every day and been recognised for her potential, her ability, her training (she loves her singing lessons funded by Cathedral Music Trust) and her dedication. It is a huge accolade.

Dr Elizabeth Stratford, Director of Music at Arundel Cathedral

Choristers singing at Winchester Cathedral
The organ and pipes at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

Choral and Organ Scholarships

Scholarships give teenage and young adult musicians the best of both worlds: an opportunity to focus on their musical development and the chance to perform in a professional environment on a daily basis. The Trust is pleased to be able to help cathedrals support or increase the number of scholarships on offer. Many scholars go on to high-profile careers in the music profession, others choose a different path, but all acquire skills of value in whatever career they choose.

The scholarship has equipped me with skills I would not have been able to develop elsewhere, … [it] has improved greatly my skills in teaching, my understanding of singers and their needs as an accompanist, and my group management. It has also given me some opportunities to develop my conducting and rehearsal skills – a further example of how the scholarship is flexible and tailored to the needs of the individual.

Organ Scholar at Coventry Cathedral

Discover more

Learn more about the world of cathedral music, and find out more about our programmes and who we are helping.