Dame Felicity Lott Masterclass, Concert and Dinner
4th November 2009
The renowned English soprano, Dame Felicity Lott, performed a fabulousConcert and Master Class in aid of the Rochester Cathedral Music Endowment. She was accompanied by Eugene Asti, a most distinguished piano accompanists and musician of today.
The first half of the Concert was a Master Class with four students from schools within the Diocese (as below) , after which Dame Felicity concluded her performance with a recital.
A very special dinner was served in the Crypt after the Concert and Dame Felicity was our honoured guest.
Tabitha Reynolds, King's School Rochester; James Robinson, St Olaves Grammar; Dame Felicity Lott; James Liu, Dartford Boys Grammar; Olivia Capozzi, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School. (Photograph by Mick Gell)
Dame Felicity Lott (photograph by Mick Gell)
The Cathedral Crypt looked absolutely magical and our sincere thanks go to William Bartholomew Party Organising for their generous contribution.
The concert was held to raise funds for the Rochester Cathedral Music Endowment.
Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest foundation in the United Kingdom (only Canterbury is older) and one of the few cathedrals in the country trying to sustain a classic choral tradition without any form of historic music endowment. Most other cathedrals have significant historic resources to support their music tradition, we do not. Despite this, we run three choirs – boys, girls and a voluntary adult choir. The boys are drawn from Kings School, Rochester, the girls from a wider variety of local schools, and we are committed to paying educational bursaries to encourage young people’s involvement, contribution, and personal and musical development.
In 2007 we began the task of creating an Endowment to ensure the future and continuity of the musical tradition at Rochester Cathedral. Our intention over the next ten years is to create an endowment of £2m.
The choirs currently provide exceptional music at over 300 services each year; they are led by a Director of Music and an Assistant Director of Music and supported by a small administrative team and a significant number of volunteers.
If you would like further information on how to support Cathedral Music, please contact:
Rochester Cathedral Trust
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