A MUSICAL director for Worcester Cathedral has called on the public to back an appeal for funds ahead of a world-famous festival.
Cathedral leaders are this week asking for help ahead of this year’s Three Choirs Festival, to be held in Hereford next weekend, after ‘the silent years of the pandemic’.
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The challenge now is to raise enough funds each year to maintain the Cathedral’s choirs, organs and ‘world-class choral tradition’.
Director of Music at Worcester Cathedral, Samuel Hudson, said: “The return of live music has been a collaborative effort and we are grateful to be part of such a supportive community, without whom we would not have survived the trying times of the pandemic.
“I am delighted that we have much to share with you, including our participation in this year’s Three Choirs Festival, our popular lunchtime recitals, and in September the start of another school year when our amazing choirs return to their schedule singing eight Cathedral services per week.
“The autumn term of course culminates in our Christmas Carol Services, which we know are a highlight of the Cathedral’s calendar for many, as they are for me.”
Changes have included a significant change to the chorister program in order to present equal opportunities to boy and girl choristers in the Cathedral Choir.
The Cathedral Voluntary Choir was opened to all boys and girls from the local area and a new Youth Choir, the first of its kind at the Cathedral, was created.
“If you would like to help ensure that music here at the Cathedral can be sustained, strengthened, and developed, then please consider making a gift to our Summer Music Appeal,” said Mr Hudson.
To donate to Worcester Cathedral’s Summer Music Appeal, please visit www.worcestercathedral.co.uk/music2022