Choristers unite to save struggling Cathedral choirs

published on July 13, 2020

For centuries the angelic tones of achoir have echoed within thesehistorical Cathedral walls but thisSunday it's eerily quiet for the firsttime since the 17th century NorwichCathedral has had to close its doors

Over the last 4 months there's been noprayers here no space for reflection andno soaring voices of the choir ourcathedrals over the last few months havejust gone entirely silent because theCathedral choirs have not been out to

Sing and at the same time cathedralshave been using huge amounts of incomeand so gonna really struggle to gettheir choirs back on boardinstead they've come together to producethis a lockdown song to help protect the

Future of choirs 269 vocalists from 44cathedrals and choral foundations acrossthe country banded together filmingthemselves on their phones in theirliving rooms and bedrooms they then senttheir parts to here in Norwich Cathedral

Where the video was put together andsent out to the rest of the UK Ashley isthe master of music here and arrangedthis charity single this is a wonderfulopportunity to gather choristerstogether from across the country from

All cathedrals are up and down the landand if you like get them to sing withone united voice even though they'reseparated of course in their own homesI'm supremely confident that thistradition is not going to die out but

Certainly the months ahead are very verytesting onesthe money raised will be part of theCathedral choirs emergency fund aspecific parts of cash to help thesegrand institutions through tough times

Ahead I think part of the difficulty isthe love of uncertainty and how I justreally don't know when it's gonna comeback and you know I really I do wantedto come back as soon as possible thechoir may be geographically separated

But this song has brought them togetherto make the largest group of choristersin the country they now want to betogether in cathedrals where they belongin some a machined Sky News in Norwich

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