Whilst not pre-supposing owt, it is to be inferred that this must mean that only the ‘major church festivals & more important diocesan gatherings’ will be musicked. Inevitably, the music establishment will become part-time, with part-time musicians - organists, choirs, etc.
To state, therefore, that “the same high standards of music” will be maintained is misleading. In fact, this will be impossible to achieve, with the concomitant diminishing in the frequency of rehearsing and the ensuing lack of continuity.
This makes the second Welsh cathedral to cull its music establishment in recent years - albeit for different reasons.
Posted on the Cathedral Website on 13th August.
The Dean and Chapter of St Asaph Cathedral have released the following statement:
“Following a reduction in the budget, which has been under financial pressure for some time, we have had to review our financial position.
“We have already put in place a number of different cost cutting strategies, including non-staff related cost saving. However, it is with the greatest regret that we now have to consider further cost-cutting measures, which are likely to involve making a small number of redundancies unless any viable alternatives can be found. We can confirm that we have begun the redundancy process but in the interest of those affected, we cannot comment further until that process has been completed.
“We can however give our assurances that arrangements will be put in place to ensure that the Cathedral continues to provide the same high standards of music and worship for principal cathedral and diocesan services.
I think the last paragraph is the telling one but, perhaps, it would be better not to make comment until the full facts of the matter are known.