York Minster’s Choir is to receive a grant of £40,000 from the Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM). The grant cheque will be presented to Canon Peter Moger, Acting Dean of York, during the cathedral’s service of Evensong on Sunday 18 November. The presentation will be made by Peter Smith, Assistant Grants Secretary and Michael Wiles, FCM Representative for the Diocese of York.
The Friends of Cathedral Music is the foremost organisation in the United Kingdom and throughout the world, promoting and sustaining cathedral music in cathedrals, the greater churches and collegiate chapels.
Commenting on the award to York Minster’s Choir, Michael Wiles said:
“The Friends of Cathedral Music are delighted to make this award. This country’s cathedral music traditions are revered around the world and FCM will continue to partner with cathedrals to sustain this priceless musical heritage. York Minster Choir is among the foremost choirs of this country. It is a beacon of excellence which inspires all who hear it. FCM is delighted to support it by the giving of this grant.”
The Acting Dean of York said the FCM’s work is vital to the survival of cathedral music as a whole but will also make a lasting difference to individual choristers. Peter Moger said:
“This grant will have a transformative effect on the lives of talented young people with real singing potential. We are immensely grateful to FCM for the award and the huge opportunity that it will bring.”
The award comes as the Minster prepares for its annual search for new choristers. Parents and carers of boys and girls currently in Years 2 and 3 and who love to sing (all music styles welcome), are invited to the annual Chorister Auditions on Friday 25 January 2019 at The Minster School. All Choristers receive a scholarship equivalent to 60% of school fees, and further funding, up to 100 per cent, is available on a means-tested basis.