BOOK LAUNCH – 21st January 2016

The official launch of my book “The Choirs and Musicians of St Albans Cathedral” which will take place in the North Transept of the Cathedral from 7.00 pm on Thursday, 21st January 2016.

All ECA members and their spouses/partners, and parents (in the case of Abbey Singers and our younger ECA members still in secondary education) are invited to this book launch reception where there will also be a small exhibition of photographs of the Cathedral Choir, the Abbey Girls Choirs and the Abbey Singers.

Numbers may have to be limited so I should be grateful if you would please RSVP, as soon as possible, either to myself ( or to Laura Luckhurst (

Best wishes,
Malcolm Bury

Book Synopsis:
The first chapter of the book covers the period from around 780 AD when King Offa made land available for the establishment of a Benedictine Monastery, it’s consecration in 1136, through the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539, and the establishment of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban in April 1877. Subsequent chapters document the activities and achievements of the successive Masters of the Music and the Choirs from John Stocks Booth (1855 to 1879) to Andrew Lucas (1998 to the present day). The book is not a scholastic document but rather a simple documented history of the various eras of the choirs and their directors.