A West Yorkshire cathedral has been given a grant to the tune of £40,000 to help develop its chorister scholarships.
Wakefield Cathedral has been awarded the impressive sum from Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) to support the long-term funding of scholarships and to safeguard the cathedral’s musical tradition.
Christopher Gower, chairman of the committee responsible for handing out grants to cathedrals, said FCM had received a huge number of applications this year. He added: “However, we are delighted to make this grant in support of chorister scholarships at Wakefield with its high standards of music.”
Cathedral officials had impressed the FCM cathedrals liaison committee with its presentation in support for financial help.
The cathedral also received £7,000 in 1985 and £20,000 in 2006.
So the new grant means the cathedral has received £67,000 in grants over the past 25 years.
The Dean of Wakefield, the Very Reverend Jonathan Greener, said: “We were surprised and delighted in equal measure.”
He added: “This is a huge boost to our music department, which achieves far more than we might possibly expect of them from the very limited budget we can provide.”
The £40,000 cheque will be handed over during the service of evensong in the cathedral on Sunday, June 16, when the regular congregation will be joined by more than 100 members of FCM from cathedral dioceses throughout the UK.
FCM was founded in 1956 and has more than 4,000 members.
For more information about the work that FCM does and for details about its grants that are given to choirs in need, visit www.fcm.org.uk.