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Chester Cathedral Music Department – an update

by Philip Rushforth, Director of Music

 
For the first time in four months, choristers and parents attended worship with other members of the Cathedral congregation on Sunday 12 July. It was officially the end of the choir term and an opportunity to thank the Cathedral Choir for all their singing in the first half of the choir year before the lockdown. It was very moving to see so many of them there and, afterwards, many of them gathered in the Garden of Remembrance in the sunny weather for a catch-up. During the prayers I arranged with the choristers that they would hum a hymn tune – the only contribution of a musical nature they were allowed to do. It was a lovely moment and many people commented about how moved they were to hear sound again in the building. We also bid farewell to Andrew Wyatt and his family. Andrew, as you know, is moving to Truro as Assistant Director of Music and I have been very grateful indeed for his support – both professionally and musically – over the years. We wish him, Lizzie, Ivy and Freya all the best.

The Friends of Cathedral Music launched the ‘Sing Forever’ project in June. 269 choristers from 41 different choral foundations took part, including some from Chester. The result can be viewed here.  The aim of the project is to raise funds for the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund to support our precious musical heritage for the future in these unprecedented times.