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  1. Is Mr Richford off to anywhere in particular? I hear his work at Romsey Abbey was held in high regard.
  2. Who needs monthly music lists when you can argue about what's next during prayers? 😄
  3. Yes, thank you for that. It certainly clarifies a few things for me, I shall have to check out Baldwin's book. I had assumed that Master of the Children would have generally been the most senior Gentleman and, prior to an official DoM role, would have had responsibility for what was sung. But perhaps this fell to whichever organist was present and the Master was really just concerned with the choristers as the title suggests. I've never been to any of the royal chapels (except St Peter ad Vincula many years ago) but I intend to correct that this year, hopefully when the choirs are present.
  4. Richard Cook, Sub-Assistant Organist and Director of the Voluntary Choir at Worcester Cathedral, has been appointed Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
  5. Currently the Chapel Royal choirs seem clearly divided, with St James's and Hampton Court appearing to be entirely separate choirs with their own Directors of Music. Does anyone know when this came about? My understanding is that, historically, the choir was one body, with the Master of the Children de facto Director of Music. Since the Restoration there seems to have been more than one organist, John Blow for example was "one of the organists", and was in charge by virtue of being Master of the Children. Does anyone know what happened to the title of Master of the Children? Is it currently held by either of the Directors of Music at St James's or Hampton Court, or was it abolished when the choirs were divided?
  6. On a similar note St John's up the road now seem to have 18 on the back row for regular services. Their website still says 15 choral scholars (up from 14 under George Guest I believe with an extra bass). I suppose adding on gap-year volunteers etc is relatively easy, the limit being how many can squeeze in the choir stalls.
  7. Christopher Robinson will be Interim Associate Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge, this forthcoming term, a position to be jointly held with Ben Parry, currently Assistant Director of Music there.
  8. There are currently 5 altos to my knowledge. To complicate things, on some recent YouTube videos you may occasionally spot an organ scholar singing on the back row.
  9. Alexander Binns, Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral has been appointed Director of Music at Derby Cathedral
  10. Paul Trepte is to retire from Ely on Easter day next year, after 28 years.
  11. Things are by all accounts going very well under the new DOM, Stephen Moore. They are currently raising funds for a new recording: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/llandaffcathedralchoir
  12. If anyone fancies a go it seems Mr Preston is retiring: http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/vacancies/official-studentship-and-organist-christ-church-oxford-association-associate-professorship
  13. Not an appointment exactly but I couldn't help but notice that Stephen Cleobury for the first time has put a date on his retirement in an interview, saying it will be in "two to three years". There goes my theory he'd resign on his 70th conveniently-dated birthday after Christmas next year. http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/etcetera/music/choir-brings-the-floating-resonance-of-king-s-college-chapel-to-st-jude-s-prom-1-5089902
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