Cathedral Music Trust is a charity which supports and promotes sacred choral music. It is a voice for cathedral music, upholding this integral part of the nation’s cultural heritage by campaigning on behalf of cathedral music and musicians, supporting cathedral choirs and choristers in need, and encouraging the pursuit of excellence in choral and organ music.
The Trust is a newly-formed charity, incorporating the Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) and the Diamond Fund for Choristers. Since its launch in 1956, FCM has given generous grants to Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals, church and collegiate chapel choirs in the UK and overseas, including more than £2 million in the past six years alone.
Building on the work of FCM, the Trust’s aims are to increase public awareness and appreciation of cathedral music, support and encourage all those involved in making cathedral music, and extend its range of grants to individuals, choirs and choral foundations. It is especially committed to enabling children from a diverse range of backgrounds to experience the many benefits that come from being a chorister.
The Trust is appointing professional staff to help drive its aims, broaden the range of its supporters and donors, and respond swiftly to challenges as they arise. Harry Christophers, CBE, founder and conductor of The Sixteen, is the Trust’s first President.