SEE US IN A NEW LIGHT
Cathedral Choristers Sing Forever
Up and down the country over 250 choristers, including some from Newcastle Cathedral Choir, are singing for the survival of music in our great choral foundations.
Inspired by the Cathedral Choirs’ Emergency Fund appeal, which seeks to raise £1M, choristers from all over the country have joined together with Aled Jones, Elizabeth Watts and the current BBC Young Choristers of the Year to record a lockdown video rendition of the beautiful song ‘Sing Forever’ by Robert Prizeman.
Speaking about the appeal, Friends of Cathedral Music Chairman Peter Allwood said ‘This song sums up perfectly how choristers and choir directors feel at the moment. They face huge uncertainly as to when choirs will be heard again in our great cathedrals. Without sung services, and without tourism, cathedrals will struggle to rebuild their income, and no longer be able to sustain the same level of musical excellence. We hope that the emergency appeal will be able to help in this time of need. We are hugely grateful to the team at Norwich Cathedral for steering this project and to all the young choristers who have taken part.’
Aled Jones added ‘It was a pleasure to be able to help with this brilliant project. Many choral foundations face an uncertain future so I hope this song will inspire listeners and viewers to support the Emergency Fund’.
Adding his support to the project Alexander Armstrong said ‘Britain has a great reputation throughout the world for the quality of its choral singing, and much of this stems from the fabulous education and vocal training received by choristers who are singing day by day in our great cathedrals and chapels. We don’t want our children to lose this opportunity so I hope those that enjoy this song will contribute generously to the Emergency Fund’.
International Opera Singer and Norwich Cathedral ex-chorister Elizabeth Watts commented ‘Singing is a massive part of the spiritual life of the nation and cathedrals provide the bedrock of choral singing plus top notch training for so many young people. I hope Sing Forever inspires people to support cathedrals to do exactly that in these difficult times’.
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‘Sing Forever’ was written by Robert Prizeman (1987) and arranged (2020) by Ashley Grote; Master of the Music, Norwich Cathedral.
This project is jointly managed by Norwich Cathedral and Friends of Cathedral Music. ‘Sing Forever’ has been produced and edited by George Inscoe; Assistant Organist, Norwich Cathedral.
Performers: Aled Jones, Elizabeth Watts, Anna Haestrup and William Miles-Kingston (BBC Young Choristers of the Year), David Dunnett (Organist, Norwich Cathedral) and the combined choristers of choral foundations (269 choristers from 41 choral foundations).
The Cathedral Choirs Emergency Fund was launched in April by the Friends of Cathedral Music and the Ouseley Church Music Trust, and the Choir Schools’ Association has since joined the partnership.
As of 1st July, the Friends of Cathedral Music has become a part of the Cathedral Music Trust.