2020 Annual Reunion Day

First of all, the Committee and Officers of the Association hope that you are all keeping well and the current pandemic isn’t having too severe an effect on your health and wellbeing. 2020 has been a testing year for everyone and looking at the current communications from Government, isn’t likely to get better soon. Earlier in the year, we took the hard decision to cancel the 2020 Federation Festival we were planning to hold in the September but felt that circumstances forced our hands. The Committee met last week, and it became obvious that our Annual Reunion Day this year would not be able to take place in the normal format. We WILL be able to hold a limited Virtual Reunion Day online (for those who are comfortable with technology) on Saturday 7th November 2020.

Due to the Cathedral being closed to the public due to the current restrictions, we will broadcast the AGM via Zoom (links below). The traditional laying of the Wreath at the Memorial Window will now not take place on Thursday 5th and we are hoping that it can be rescheduled to a future date this year. Obviously, there will be no Reunion Dinner this year, but I will be eating and raising a glass to all our members (quite informally) at around 6:00 online for those who wish to join me! The arrangements for the Saturday are as follows:

2:00 – 2:40 Virtual AGM / laying of the Wreath from the Cloister Room via Zoom Part 1 (AGM and Minutes from the 2019 AGM are available to download from this link).

2:40 – 2:50 Comfort break
2:50 – 3:30 Virtual AGM Part 2

6:00 – 7:00 Virtual get-together via Zoom.

If you haven’t installed Zoom and would like more details, please click on the following link to see a simple installation guide. Installing Zoom

We particularly remember Alan Richardson, Kenneth Woolham, Graham Canham, Richard Williams and James Goddard (Please note NOT our current committee member) who passed away earlier this year.

Those few members who have annual subscription are reminded that their payment is due on 1st October and will be at the current rate of £6.50. The Life membership rate of £50 remains the same and is particularly good value for money (if you are a long-standing Life Member, why not consider renewing?). Even a small donation will assist us in keeping the Association alive and allows us to make these donations to the Cathedral Music Department. Thank you to all those who have donated in the past.

This year we are asking you to consider a donation to the Bridge Memorial Fund which gives grants for a variety of reasons which have included the likes of music lessons to current and former choristers.

If you have any news that you would like included in a proposed newsletter, please email the details directly to me or fill in the appropriate portion of the Application form. We also welcome any information to put on our website. On that subject while we’re at it, we are delighted that Philip Rushforth, Director of Music, has been awarded the ARSCM (Associate of the Royal School of Church Music). It is an award for achievements in church music of national significance. It is a well-deserved accolade of Philip’s work in cathedral music and we congratulate him on his success.

Please do make every effort to attend the AGM and if you have the time, to join me informally later in the day. Please remember to download and install Zoom a couple of days beforehand. We hope that 2021 will allow us to recommence our normal activities.

Once a Chorister is now available online via the Federation of Cathedral Old Choristers Website in pdf format. To download the latest copy, please click here.

Yours sincerely,

Jeremy Jones

Association Secretary