The Choral Foundation helps to provide superb musical opportunities for the choristers, choral and organ scholars, lay clerks and singing men of the choir; it is responsible for ensuring a secure financial base for the development of music at Chelmsford
Funding the future growth of the Cathedral choirs, including musicians resources and equipment.Cathedral. This includes:
Raising the profile of the Cathedral choirs in the Essex
Diocese and wider community.
Supporting musical activities, events and concerts throughout the year.
Since 1914 the Cathedral (and before that the Parish Church) has been filled with the sound of music and worship; a sound that attracts thousands of worshippers, visitors and music lovers each year and has led to the Cathedral becoming known as a centre for musical excellence. In the past 18 months activities supported by the Choral Foundation have included singing at the Cenotaph in Whitehall to commemorate the 1915 Gallipoli landings, in the presence of HM The Queen and broadcast live on BBC TV; concerts with The King's Singers, The Band of HM Royal Marines; annual performances of Handel's Messiah, a broadcast of Choral Evensong on BBC Radio 3; and the recording of a CD Sing Praise to Christ, due for release shortly. The diversity of musical activites is a part of what makes Chelmsford Cathedral an exciting place to be a young musician, and the educational work that is supported through membership of the choirs can have a far-reaching effect.
A patrons' scheme is part of the Choral Foundation's fundraising work. If you would like to add your support to the important work of the Foundation, a brochure detailing the costs and benefits of becoming a patron is available to download here.
The next concert takes place on Saturday 10 December at 7pm, featuring a feast of magnificent music for Christmas including Fantasia on Christmas Carols, In Terra Pax, The Christmas Song, White Christmas, favourite carols for choir and audience and choral items. Tickets (from £5) can be purchased on the door.
Tickets for all of our 2016 Choral Foundations Events are now on sale, and can be purchased from Ticketsource, by clicking here. A music diary is published annually and the 2017 diary will shortly be available to download from this page. Tickets for 2017 events will go on general sale in February 1.
The Choral Foundation has a Twitter account which can be found at twitter.com/ccchoralfoundat. This account posts information about concerts promoted by the Choral Foundation, special services and other activities involving the Cathedral musicians. The FaceBook page can found at facebook.com/chelmsfordcathedralmusic/