Over the years, grants worth over £4m from money raised from subscriptions and legacies were given out to cash-strapped music foundations. The Friends of Cathedral Music began to meet regularly across the UK and sometimes abroad to celebrate and enjoy the outstanding beauty of one of the nation’s greatest treasures, cathedral music.
A magazine, Cathedral Music, was launched to present in-depth articles exploring the repertoire and practice of music making in choral foundations and our newsletter Cathedral Voice became a vehicle to share news and views from the world of cathedral music.
In 2016 the Diamond Fund for Choristers was launched with a major concert at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, featuring young singers drawn from 62 cathedrals across the UK. As well as raising money to support recruitment and training of choristers, the Diamond Fund seeks to highlight the opportunities and benefits of being a chorister to children of all backgrounds, and how this formative educational experience benefits society more widely. This has more recently been absorbed into the main work of the Trust.