Trust News


March 8, 2024

Small Sounds, Big Impact

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Later this month we’re taking part in the Big Give campaign for the first time, raising funds for Small Sounds – a new education programme for very young children and their families. From 19–26 March, all donations will be matched by the Big Give, meaning your generosity will be doubled!


What is Small Sounds?

Through the project, we’re aiming to establish free, weekly cathedral-based music groups in areas of socio-economic deprivation, introducing the joy of singing to over one thousand 0-5 year olds, helping those children take their first steps on a lifelong journey of musical discovery. We will also train music staff to develop their skills and experience in early years practice, so that they are fully equipped to run Small Sounds in their own cathedrals.

“This is a superb opportunity to really grow excellence in singing from an early age, to build relationships with families so they feel comfortable engaging with music, and feel at home in the cathedral space.” – Alexander Binns, Director of Music, Derby Cathedral

Providing we reach our Big Give target, we’re hoping to work with Derby, Rochester, Middlesbrough, Chester, Bradford and Newcastle cathedrals in the first year of Small Sounds, with a view to expanding the programme much further in the coming years.


The Big Give Arts for Impact campaign runs from 19–26 March. We have just one week to raise £5,000 in online donations, with up to £5,000 matched by the Big Give. The matched funding on offer is a unique opportunity for donations to be doubled at no extra cost, meaning that your support for Small Sounds will go twice as far! Please note that only donations made through the Big Give platform will be doubled.


Music and the arts enrich young lives.

Research suggests that children who engage in creative music-making alongside their families build musical foundations that can be developed as they become older. Parents and carers who continue to enjoy music-making activities with their children at home grow in confidence themselves, and the whole family leads happier and healthier lives.

“Making music from a very young age helps children meet developmental milestones and sets them on a lifelong musical journey, giving them the skills they need to join a choir. We want to help more children discover the joy of singing!” – Cathy Dew, Director of Programmes

“I owe my entire career to my early cathedral music education. I urge you to support the Small Sounds project so that more children can be given the life-changing opportunities that singing offers, now and for years to come.” – Alexander Armstrong, Cathedral Music Trust Ambassador


Together we can transform more lives through the power of cathedral music.