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.

New Chairman

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.

Feast of Corpus Christi

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

Appeal for TENORS

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

If you are willing and able to sing with them, please contact the Auditions Secretary, Susannah Edwards at

David Bird

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.