St Albans Cathedral to Westminster Abbey Sponsored Bike Ride

jointly in aid of St Albans Cathedral Music Trust and the Diamond Fund for Choristers

Saturday 18 May 2019

Do you cycle?
The Friends of Cathedral Music Diamond Fund for Choristers are organising a sponsored bike ride from St Albans Cathedral to Westminster Abbey on Saturday 18th May. Roxanna Panufnik, FCM Patron, led the first Diamond Cycle in 2016 from St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and we are delighted to have been invited to benefit this year. Those riding will be asked to seek sponsorship from friends and family, with the event raising funds for both music in St Albans Cathedral and the Diamond Fund for Choristers, who support choristers nationwide.

It is a ride, not a race! There will be two groups – the faster ‘Zippers’ and the slower ‘Pootlers’ – leaving Sumpter Yard at midday and arriving in the Dean’s Yard at Westminster Abbey somewhere between 3pm and 4pm to a welcome party hosted by the Abbey. The route is approximately 30 miles.

Please join us if you can – not only is it a wonderful cause, but it will be huge fun and fantastic for your fitness! We encourage our Chorister parents, Lay Clerks, ex-Choristers and members of our wider Cathedral community to sign up – some of our Music Trustees have already committed. If you would like to take part, but not on a bike, help with the welcome party would be appreciated too.

Key details:

  • Saturday 18 May 2019, starting at 12 noon from Sumpter Yard, St Albans Cathedral
  • Joining fee of £25-£30 per cyclist (tbc, depending on the insurance premium)
  • Fee includes your own ‘Cycling for Choristers’ tabard
  • Fundraising will be done through a JustGiving page, for which you will be sent the link
  • Cyclists must be 14 years or over
  • There will be opportunities to break the journey for a drink/snack/comfort break
  • Each rider is responsible for their own bike – please note that if something goes wrong and a ride cannot continue, you need someone on standby who can come and collect you
  • Westminster Abbey is a short ride from Blackfriars station, for a train home to St Albans
  • Full details and route will be sent to you once finalised.
  • For information about FCM see – www.fcm.org.uk/diamond-fund-choristers/what-we-do/

Please join us and help support choral music at our Cathedral.

To register your interest, or for any questions, please contact Shirley by 28th February.

Shirley Anderson | St Albans Cathedral Music Trust
01727 890231 | music-trust@stalbanscathedral.org

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, former ECA chairman Malcolm Bury has organised a concert at St Saviour’s Church, St Albans, on Saturday, 3rd November at 3pm.

It will be performed by Cathedral Consort conducted by Life Member David Ireson. Among the soloists are ECA members Rogers Covey-Crump and Emily Price.  The programme includes music by Elgar, Parry, Stanford, Holst, Britten, Faure and MacMillan.

It will be a truly memorable occasion so please support it if you can.

Many thanks.

Cathedral Consort - 03-Nov-18

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
Chairman

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.