Dr. Stephen Darlington (one of our Vice Presidents), who was Master of the Music at the Cathedral between 1978 and 1985 is retiring as Director of the Choir at Christ Church, Oxford where he has been for the past 33 years on Saturday 7th July 2018.

Members of the ECA are welcome to attend any of the events planned for the day, which include a cricket match (morning and afternoon sessions), picnic lunch, Evensong and a BBQ.

Further details of the planned events can be found here:
Stephen Darlington Celebration Evensong and BBQ tickets

and here:
Christ Church Cathedral School Old Boys

We look forward to seeing many members of our ECA at this unique event.

At our AGM on Saturday 16th June 2018 Richard Lilley succeeded Malcolm Bury as Chairman of our association.

The Management Committee comprises:

Richard Lilley – Chairman
Jeremy Meager  – Honorary Treasurer
** Vacant ** Honorary Secretary
Tony Price – IT and Communications Manager
Trevor Jarvis – Representative for the Cathedral Choir 1950s
Nicolas Gibbon – Representative for the Cathedral Choir 1960s
Peter Jeffs – Representative for the Cathedral Choir 1960s
Nick Coleman – Representative for the Cathedral Choir 1970s
Paolo Baroni – Representative for the Cathedral Choir 1990s
Helen Charlston – Representative for the Abbey Girls Choir
Laura Hicks – Representative for the Abbey Girls Choir

Malcolm Bury and Moira Dean were made Honorary Life Members.

On Thursday 31st May, Exquire together with a few friends will be singing Choral Eucharist & Benediction for the feast of Corpus Christi at 8pm at the Cathedral.

The feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. In the Church of England, it is known as the Day of Thanksgiving for the Institution of Holy Communion.

Setting        Darke in F
Motet         Tantum Ergo Duruflé
Preacher    The Sub Dean

The St Albans based chamber choir Carillon are appealing for TENORS.  Former tenor lay clerk Rogers Covey-Crump is the choir’s president and former bass lay clerk David Ireson is their Musical Director for the 2017/18 season of concerts.

For more information on the choir visit www.carillonchamberchoir.org.

If you are willing and able to sing with them, please contact the Auditions Secretary, Susannah Edwards at carillonsec@gmail.com.

Sadly, former chorister David Bird (1944 to 1948) died recently after a period of illness and hospitalisation.

David who lived in Suffolk, sang with Dr Albert Tysoe and was one of the first four Cathedral Choir Woollam Scholars. He is pictured below in the first row of choristers second from the right.

It is with great sadness that I have to advise you that Pat Hurford passed away peacefully on Wednesday 27th September after suffering a very debilitating stroke.  Pat’s funeral will be in the Lady Chapel on Monday 23rd October at 2.00pm – all are welcome.

Pat was an Honorary Life Member and a great supporter of the Ex-Choristers’ Association and she will be sorely missed.  Our prayers are with Peter, who continues to struggle with his health, Heather, Mike and Richard.

Malcolm Bury

It is with considerable sadness that I advise members that Bob Fitzsimmons died on Friday 21st July. Bob sang as a cathedral chorister from 1947 to 1952 and attended St Albans School on a Woollam Scholarship. Bob had two serious accidents in 2003 and 2012 and eventually had to give up singing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Gracie and the family.

His funeral is to be held in the Cathedral Lady Chapel on Monday 14 August at 10am, with a wake directly afterwards in the Deanery.

Dear members,

Michael Gough, who sang in the Cathedral Choir as a treble, alto and bass in the period 1968 to 1978 is visiting from Australia and will be attending the ECA Choral Eucharist and the post-service social event/AGM.

Michael would like to meet as many of his former friends and colleagues from his time in the choir so if you have not already done so, and would like to say ‘hello’ to Michael at the end of the service or at the social event in the Deanery then please let me know by e mail as soon as possible.

Thank you.

Malcolm Bury

Dear Members

A reminder that our ECA Choir, “ExQuire” is singing the Service of Choral Eucharist on Sunday 4th June.  There will be one rehearsal in the Song School on Friday 2nd at 7.30p.m.

The service will be followed by ‘drinks & nibbles’ in The Deanery, and then the Annual General Meeting where your new management committee will be elected.

These are important events and need your support – spouses, partners and family members are welcome. I am aware that some of our younger members / Abbey Singers may be in their exam period but a brief respite to sing may provide some light relief! J

At present we do have a quorum (ATB) for Choral Eucharist but more support is needed particularly tenors and basses.

The music is Sumsion’s Leicester Service and William Harris’ Behold now praise the Lord.

If you have not already signed up, please complete and return the attendance form below to the Chairman at malcolm.bury@stalbanseca.org by no later than Wednesday 31st May  (copy/paste into an email only please).


Thank you

Malcolm Bury




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