Chorister Caspar Bainbridge is off to London next week to represent Canterbury Cathedral in a unique performance of choral music.
Twelve-year-old Caspar will be singing at St Paul’s on Wednesday (27 April2016) as choristers from 60 cathedrals across the UK come together to do their bit to secure the future of cathedral choirs.
An Evening with the Cathedral Choristers of Britain has been organised by the Friends of Cathedral Music in support of its new Diamond Fund for choristers in this, FCM’s diamond jubilee year.
Caspar, who with his fellow choristers attends St Edmund’s School in Canterbury, is delighted to have been chosen to represent the Cathedral and is very much looking forward to the performance.
He said: “It will be a great experience to sing in front of such a big audience and good to meet all the other choristers from around the country.”
Programme of music
In that audience will be proud parents, Canterbury estate agent Charlie Bainbridge, mother Georgie, brothers Will and Ned (also a chorister) and sister Bea as well as other members of his extended family.
The choir will be singing a programme of music including Allegri’s Miserere, Britten’s Friday afternoons, Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Parry’s I Was Glad and a specially commissioned work by Philip Stopford, who is a former organ scholar at Canterbury Cathedral.
Director of Music at Canterbury Cathedral, Dr David Flood said: “The Friends of Cathedral Music have supported our work in the past developing and supporting Canterbury choristers. The Diamond Fund aims to raise £10 million by 2020 so that support for choristers across the country can continue.”
The evening will be in the presence of HRH the Duchess of Gloucester and hosted by Aled Jones and Alexander Armstrong – both former choristers. Tickets, which range from £15 to £70, are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk/choristersconcert or by calling 0844 844 04444.