Organist and Master of the Choristers announces departure

Organist and Master of Choristers James Davy has announced he will leave Chelmsford Cathedral this Autumn.  After dedicating eleven years to leading the musical life of the Cathedral, and after taking time since the end of the pandemic to decide on his future, James has concluded that now is the right time to move on and explore new opportunities.

Under his leadership the Cathedral’s music department has grown a reputation for high quality liturgical music, imaginative collaborations and openness to different traditions of worship; particular highlights include three royal services, diocesan occasions, a diverse programme of concerts from Monteverdi to Duke Ellington, and two operas at the Aldeburgh and Edinburgh Festivals.  The nurturing of musical talent and provision of opportunity for all has been an important part of the Cathedral’s commitment to its music and James has done much to encourage a wide breadth of participation in music-making during his time here.

The interim Dean, The Very Rev’d Paul Kennington, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank James for the immense skill and creativity he has brought to the Cathedral Music Department. He has played an integral part in shaping the important role music plays in the life and mission of the Cathedral and has given a generation of children an outstanding musical education through his work with the Cathedral Choir.  I am sure you will join me in wishing him every success as he leaves us to start a new chapter.” 

Interim Dean Paul adds “I am keen to build on the excellent work James has been doing with our Choir and Music Department at this time of transition and look forward to upholding the wonderful choral tradition of Chelmsford Cathedral with the appointment of his successor in due course.”

There will be a chance to say farewell to James before he leaves in October. More details will be announced soon.

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