Friends of the Cathedral Choirs

The Friends of the Cathedral Choirs (FOCC) supports and promotes the work of the Cathedral Choirs and the musical life of the Cathedral.

 

The FOCC undertakes a wide variety of fundraising projects and provides financial support for the Choirs for a range of activities and initiatives promoting education and training in choral singing. This includes support for Choir tours in the UK and abroad, recordings, visits and the organisation of social events.

 

Membership of FOCC is open to all and is one way in which members of the Cathedral Community and the public at large can support the choristers and the wonderful provision of music that is an integral part of cathedral life.

Help us support the Cathedral Choristers and the Cathedral Choirs

 

The St Edmundsbury Cathedral Choirs work to the highest standards to provide music for the Cathedral’s services. The choristers’ commitment averages around 13 hours per week and includes three mornings before school. There is no Cathedral choir school and the boys and girls attend many different schools, some travelling considerable distances each day to attend practice.

 

The choristers are very dedicated and show tremendous commitment, often at the expense of other interests and in addition to their school activities. The Lay Clerks are all volunteers and sing four or more services each week. The FOCC’s primary objective is to raise funds to support activities that augment the choristers’ music education and provide special experiences for the choirs, such as tours, recordings, concerts and visits.

 

Membership of the FOCC is open to all and is one way in which members of the Cathedral Community and the public at large can support the choirs and the wonderful provision of music that is an integral part of Cathedral life.

What the FOCC does

 

FOCC’s primary focus is fundraising to support the choirs and this is achieved through a broad and innovative range of initiatives. We organise a wide variety of fun and social events for the choristers, cathedral community and general public and we promote awareness of the Cathedral Choirs.

Becoming a Friend

 

Please join us and help support the Cathedral Choirs and the musical life of the cathedral. Fill in the application form for membership or make a donation and return to us. Please complete the Gift Aid declaration as this can enhance your membership donation by 25%

If you are able to complete a Bank Standing Order this saves us time and expense on administration.

The 500 Club

 

The 500 Club has been organised by the Friends of the Cathedral Choirs to raise funds to support the Choristers in the beautiful music they sing in the Cathedral and also to help fund educational and ambassadorial tours in the UK and overseas.

 

For a £2 per month membership fee, participants will be entered into a monthly draw offering a first, second and third prize. The lucky winners can either choose to receive a cheque or can opt to donate the prize to a Charity of their choice.

 

The monthly draw takes place on the first Sunday of every month.

 

To become a member of the FOCC 500 Club, please complete and return the 500 Club form. We will notify you of your 500 Club number(s) after receiving your application. If you have a particular lucky number, let us know and if it has not been allocated we can reserve it for you!