Songs of praise as £2m lifeline helps preserve cathedral choir tradition

With professional singers on furlough and income plunging, a £2m fund from the Church Commissioners eases fears for the future

For almost four months their voices have been heard only from bedrooms and kitchens instead of soaring from the choir stalls of England’s magnificent cathedrals. Amid uncertainty as to when they will be able to perform again, a growing black hole in cathedral finances from Covid-19 has raised fears about the future of their famed choirs.

But now a financial lifeline is in sight. More than £2m from the Church Commissioners and the Cathedral Choirs Emergency Fund will ensure that the “back row” singers – professionals known as lay clerks – can be funded into next year.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Songs of praise as £2m lifeline helps preserve cathedral choir tradition ———

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