Westminster Cathedral choir

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Westminster Cathedral choir

Post by organist » Fri May 10, 2019 11:25 am

Rumours have been confirmed that our premier choir will only be open to London based boys. The idea is that the boys go home Friday night and come back early on Sunday morning - totally impossible if you live in Wales. The parents were not consulted. See The Tablet for the last 2 weeks. What to do? It sounds as thought the Cardinal has approved the boarding changes.

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Re: Westminster Cathedral choir

Post by mcb » Wed May 15, 2019 1:13 pm

It looks as though this is an attempt to fix falling numbers: since not many parents want their seven-year olds to board full time, the change is aimed at widening access to the choir rather than restricting it. I sympathise with the predicament - any kind of change will meet with resistance, and in this case, rather obviously, it's the existing parents, i.e. the few who are willing to consign their sons to full-time boarding, who are up in arms. Time will tell whether it leads to an upturn in the choir's fortunes.

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Re: Westminster Cathedral choir

Post by JW » Fri May 17, 2019 5:51 pm

I suppose it depends on one's view of full time boarding for young children. There are a number of adults for whom it wasn't always a pleasant experience.

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Re: Westminster Cathedral choir

Post by justMary » Sat May 18, 2019 11:28 am

Notwithstanding the boarding issue (what kind of parent would even think it's appropriate ... the mind boggles) - surely a cathedral-anything should be drawing from it's diocese, not the whole country? Roman Catholicism is not a nation-based church.

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