Some 100 singers, including choristers from nearly 40 cathedrals across Britain, will perform live at Liverpool Cathedral on 13 June in only the second concert of its kind since the Cathedral Choristers of Britain was formed in 2016.
This performance will bring together boy and girl choristers from cathedrals and other foundations ranging from the Isle of Man to Norwich, Bangor to Cambridge, and Edinburgh to Exeter. The group will rehearse for a day before demonstrating the extraordinary professionalism and sheer ability that mark them out as some of the country’s finest choristers.
The concert will be mounted by the Friends of Cathedral Music’s Diamond Fund for Choristers, in conjunction with Liverpool’s two cathedrals to showcase Britain’s 1,000-year-old choral tradition which is under pressure from rising costs.
Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) is the world’s largest provider of grants for cathedral music, with our Metropolitan Cathedral having received around £40,000 over the years. FCM launched its diamond fund on its 60th anniversary in 2016, with a concert at St Paul’s Cathedral featuring the Cathedral Choristers of Britain.
It has since provided £140,000 worth of grants to 24 choral foundations. These provide voice and instrument tuition, outreach and recruitment opportunities, and help for choristers whose families are least able to cope with their education costs.
Dr John Rutter CBE, the acclaimed composer, will speak at the concert which HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, Royal Patron of the Diamond Fund for Choristers, will also attend. Favourites like Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’, Allegri’s ‘Miserere’, Howard Goodall’s ‘Psalm 23’ and Parry’s ‘I Was Glad’ will be performed as well as works by Fauré, Vaughan Williams, Tavener and the Beatles. All proceeds will go to the Diamond Fund for Choristers.
Dr Rutter said: ‘I'm looking forward immensely to hearing the Cathedral Choristers of Britain again. Gifts of support from their well-wishers transform those children's lives in a quite magical way by enabling them to become cathedral choristers. Their gift of singing repays us many times over by filling those cathedrals with the miracle of music.’
Tickets for the concert are on sale at Liverpool Cathedral’s shop and online at https://www.cathedralshop.com/collections/cathedral-events.