Music at Coventry Cathedral is being boosted by a special £4,000 grant to train new choristers, thanks to the Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM).
It is the first time that a cathedral has benefited from the organisation’s Diamond Fund for Choristers, which was launched earlier this year and which is aiming to raise £10 million by 2020.
Maurice Kenwrick-Piercy, the Director of the Diamond Fund, will present the award at Evensong next Saturday (4 pm on July 16th) to the Cathedral’s Precentor, the Reverend Canon David Stone.
The Cathedral’s Director of Music, Kerry Beaumont, said: “The grant will be used to provide two training sessions per week for three years for the ten new choristers that join the choir every year. The aim of the sessions is to train new choristers, and in so doing to help integrate choristers from different ethnicities into the choir. Approximately one third of the members of the Coventry Cathedral boys and girls choirs (22 of our 58 current choristers) are from an ethnic minority background.”
Canon David added: “Coventry Cathedral is enormously grateful to the Friends of Cathedral Music for helping us in the work we are seeking to do among musically-gifted young people from a wide variety of backgrounds across the city of Coventry. Living with difference and celebrating diversity is one of our core values and it’s great to be able to express this so practically and publicly in the life of the Cathedral Choir.”
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