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The Cathedral Music Trust has today announced that it has awarded a total of £400,000 in grants to support high-quality music provision at 22 choral foundations across the UK.
The 2022 grants programme was set up to sustain and expand the work of leading choirs within cathedrals and churches across the UK, enabling this world-renowned musical heritage to evolve and thrive, and to inspire future generations.
The grants reflect the determination of all those working in cathedral music to play their part in supporting the recovery of this centuries old tradition following the pandemic. The Trust has been encouraged by the commitment of choral foundations to sustain musical excellence in worship and develop future talent through chorister education and engagement programmes. These programmes are vital in ensuring choral foundations can further widen and diversify the pool from which choristers are recruited.
On receiving funding at Wakefield Cathedral, Dr Ed Jones, Director of Music, said: “We are delighted to have received funding from the Cathedral Music Trust who have been so supportive with our continued work here at Wakefield Cathedral; this funding will be a great support in helping us to continue growing our musical outreach across Wakefield and the diocese.”
About Cathedral Music Trust
The Cathedral Music Trust is a voice for cathedral music, upholding this integral part of the nation’s cultural heritage by campaigning on behalf of cathedral music and musicians, supporting cathedral choirs and choristers in need, and encouraging the pursuit of excellence in choral and organ music. With Harry Christophers CBE, founder and conductor of The Sixteen, as the Trust’s President, and Alexander Armstrong, television presenter and former chorister, as its Ambassador, the Trust seeks innovative and sector-leading ways to support high-quality musicianship in sacred choral music.
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