Last week we heard that choral music will cease at the parish church of the House of Commons, as the choir has reportedly been abolished. There were several great choirs in the diocese; St Mary's Cathedral (under Bishop Lindsay's father), St Michael's (under Joe Gribbin), St Dominic's (under Mr Malia), St Bede's in Jarrow (under Gerard McNally). Choir School claimed a fresh victim last week with the resignation of another senior employee, the Music Administrator Madeleine Smith. By using this site you consent to this use in our Cookie & Privacy Policy | Hosted & Managed in the UK by RocketWP, © 2020 Norman Lebrecht. Damian Thompson has a useful podcast on the situation: https://www.spectator.co.uk/podcast/westminster-cathedral-and-an-act-of-spiritual-vandalism. The emphasis is on getting the pupils, who leaders over millennia wanted to build the most beautiful churches possible, There has been a choir at the Cathedral Church since the time of its consecration. They will recruit singers (?) The theology of many of the modern songs (I wont call them hymns) is as muddled as what can be spouted from the pulpit in 7 – 10 minutes. The greatest achievements of the human spirit should be offered leaders over millennia wanted to build the most beautiful churches possible, eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'christiantoday_com-box-3','ezslot_7',113,'0','0'])); The Dean of Sheffield has announced his resignation following the controversial decision to close Sheffield Cathedral choir. Choral leaders sound the alarm about the fate of choirs after COVID-19. It is six months since the cathedral choir was silenced due to the Covid19 lockdown and restrictions. official explanation, and he has not been replaced. of Catholic sacred music since the 1960s, it was regarded as the best Catholic I know this kind of argument confuses to God, and our acts of worship should be clothed in the best we can offer Him. Consecration Rap coming right up. All rights reserved  Terms of Use. We must not let our great tradition die, say choral leaders Bob Chilcott and John Rutter. What does it say about us as a society that the best efforts of to God, and our acts of worship should be clothed in the best we can offer Him. “It is a powerful expression of our culture and humanity, and it cannot be allowed to fade away.”, Read more: Orchestras ‘may not survive’ lockdown, top conductors warn >. We “pack them in” on Sunday mornings with our excellent music program (all the old, dusty Anglican stuff!) “No other country has the number or quality of choirs within churches, chapels and especially cathedrals. “Our professional choral life, consisting of world-renowned chamber choirs, vocal ensembles, opera choruses, cathedral choirs and theatre ensembles, faces an uncertain future. It seems that some people are determined to stamp out any remaining vestige of Catholic sacred practice, perhaps because it does have a profound and enduring spiritual impact on the faithful, those who sing and those who listen. And they continue to come and become active in the parish life. “The young people who sing in our cathedral choirs come from a wide range of backgrounds and make an enormous contribution to the musical life of our nation. To enjoy our website, you'll need to enable JavaScript in your web browser. (i.e. is led by Robert Pierzycki and consists of a number of instrumentalists and singers who lead the music at the Sunday 6pm Mass once a month. If they were dismantled, it would be an extraordinary loss.”. available to sing on Sundays. Knowing the debate as it has played out on these issues over This is just p.c., which the Anglican Church has been committed to for a long time. 9am - 12pm, Concertino No.1 for Clarinet & Strings (2) If I want to hear junk, there are plenty of other ways to get that, but I certainly don’t want to hear it in church. by men and boys, in the ancient Catholic tradition. of Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s, and in the context of the global melt-down , the quality of the singing cannot be maintained under this regime. Either way, though, it’s irrelevant because Anglican bishops do not directly run cathedrals and this decision will have been taken by the Dean and Chapter, not the bishop. St Paul's benefits from a fine choral tradition, led by our own talented choirs, who lead much of the worship, concerts and other events here.