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Chichester Cathedral Choral Foundation Fund

Choristers Singing
Choristers Singing

The English choral tradition which stretches back 450 years is unique in Europe. Chichester has its own unbroken choir history and an inheritance of important commissions, influential musicians – and those who have faithfully served the daily musical worship over many years. Music lies at the heart of worship at Chichester and each generation has a responsibility to sustain and enhance the musical standards and financial provision.
Chichester Cathedral believes that no child should be precluded from becoming a chorister through lack of funding. For this reason, the Dean and Chapter awards all choristers a scholarship worth 50% of a full boarding place at the Prebendal School. Additional funding, even up to 100% of the fees, is also available.  The Chichester Cathedral Choral Foundation Fund has been specially devised to protect this bursary system, and therefore protect a principle that has been at the heart of Chapter policy for many years now - namely that boys of any background, and any financial means, can become a chorister at Chichester Cathedral.

Choristers
Choristers

This new fundraising initiative was launched at the Cathedral Choir’s Christmas Concert in 2013, in order to strengthen the Cathedral's Choristerships for the future.  By offering these choristerships, the new fund will also help to protect the choir's essential place within the worship life of Chichester's 900 year old Cathedral.  

Donations to the Chichester Cathedral Choral Foundation Fund can be made online via the following link or you can download a donation form by clicking here.

The opportunities for choristers can be life-changing.  A chorister's life brings with it unique experiences - the choir sings 750 pieces of music per year and around 20 different works each week. This daily tuition fosters accomplished and sought after singers, who perform in concerts with professional orchestras, broadcasts, recordings and overseas tours.  In recent years, for example, the choir have toured in France, Germany, Italy and South Africa.

Click here to read an article about the Chichester Cathedral Choral Foundation Fund from Sussex Life Magazine, April 2014.

 

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