The Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) has announced this week it is handing out a record £600,000 to boost music-making in British cathedrals and churches.
At a time when some cathedral and church music departments are battling with running costs, the sum goes some way to ensuring that a priceless 1,400 year-old heritage will be preserved for future generations.
Sheffield Cathedral is delighted to receive an award of £40,000 for choral scholarships to help secure the long term future of choral music in our city.
In announcing the awards, the chairman of the FCM committee Christopher Gower, former Master of the Music at Peterborough cathedral, said that it was fitting that in the year that FCM celebrates its diamond anniversary (it was founded in St Bride’s Fleet Street in 1956) the highest total ever to be distributed. The sum doubles the amount handed out last year.
The whole team at the Cathedral are extremely grateful to FCM for the grant and and will put each pound to good use to support the choral music that plays such a pivotal role in Cathedral worship.