HRH the Countess of WessexWe are delighted to announce that HRH the Countess of Wessex has very kindly agreed to be Patron of The Rochester Cathedral Trust.
Below is an extract from The Medway Messenger dated 21st March 2013.
"Sophie, Countess of Wessex will do her bit to keep Rochester Cathedral standing. The Queen’s daughter-in-law has become a patron of the Rochester Cathedral Trust after a private tour last week.
The charity was founded in 1985 and looks after the structure of the 900-year-old cathedral building, which is due its first major review in five years this summer.
She will also be involved in a campaign to raise £5 million to help music in the cathedral, which includes recruiting choristers from outside the exclusive King’s School.
Many young boys from non-fee-paying schools across Medway will be invited to join the choir for the first time as part of an outreach programme. Girls already join the choir from other schools.
The Dean of Rochester, the Very Revd Dr Mark Beach, said: “It’s widening the net certainly.”
He added: “The Countess will be a kind of figurehead for the fundraising for the cathedral, and in particular at the moment that’s about raising money for the music endowment.
“It’s about raising the profile of the cathedral. With a royal patron you can invite people to events with the additional draw that they might meet a member of the royal family.”
The 48-year-old royal, who is married to the Queen’s youngest son Prince Edward, was brought up and educated near Tunbridge Wells.
Dr Beach said: “She was fascinated by what’s going on in the building and was particularly interested because we’re a relatively small cathedral with relatively poor resources in an economically varied area.
“She felt her contribution might be more important perhaps than working with a larger cathedral in a more affluent area"."
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The Sixteen Concert
The Queen of Heaven
In 2013 world-renowned choir The Sixteen will present its most far-reaching
Choral Pilgrimage tour yet, encompassing 34 concerts around the UK.
The tour, entitled The Queen of Heaven, will see Harry Christophers CBE
and his choir perform glorious music in churches and cathedrals
for which it was written. The group will take you through the musical
evolution of the Allegri’s legendary and much-requested Miserere.
The programme also features stunning music by the ‘Prince of Music’
Palestrina, as well another brilliant yet contrasting setting of the
Miserere by James MacMillan.
Plainsong - Regina caeli
Palestrina - Kyrie from Missa Regina caeli
Allegri - Miserere
MacMillan - Dominus dabit benignitatem from The
Palestrina - Improperium exspectavit
MacMillan - Videns Dominus from The Strathclyde Motets
Palestrina - Stabat Mater
Palestrina - Regina caeli
Palestrina - Vineam meam non custodivi
from Song of Songs
MacMillan - O radiant dawn from The Strathclyde Motets
Palestrina - Pulchrae sunt genae tuae
from Song of Songs
MacMillan - Miserere
Palestrina - Agnus Dei I-III from Missa Regina caeli
Tickets: £10 / 15 / 25
BOOKING NOW OPEN
National Box Office: 01904 651485
Local Box Office: Medway Information Centre 01634
Rochester Cathedral - Friday 31 May 2013
Doors open at 6.30pm
Pre-concert talk at 7.00pm