A big thank you to Pater Wakeford, who after six years as Organ Scholar and then Assistant Organist, has stepped down from his organ playing duties due to pressures of study and work. Peter has been a wonderful member of our Music Team, and we are very glad that he will continue to sing in the Cathedral Choir.
CONGRATULATIONS to Magnus Walker, former chorister and choir member, who has gained a scholarship to study singing with Ben Johnson at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Huge THANKS to the Friends of Cathedral Music who have generously awarded us a grant of £30,000 towards our Music Endowment Fund.
The Music Endowment Fund has recently been established to raise a capital sum (£60,000 in the first instance) through grants, donations and fund-raising to secure the professional post of Assistant Organist at St Mary’s, a post which is currently funded rather precariously, year by year, by a combination of cathedral finances and generous benefactors.
Along with this major grant from the Friends of Cathedral Music, various additional fund raising ventures are being implemented: Riko’s Run, a CD of organ music, and a highly successful series of concerts on Thursday lunch times.