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Per Chichester cathedral website, Sarah Baldock is joining the music department of Cheltenham Ladies' College from the beginning of September. Her current post at Chichester cathedral is advertised in Church Times today.

 

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The appointment of Rachel Mahon as Organ Scolar at St Paul's Cathedral merited a photograph in The Times last week.

There was also a rather silly headline in Norman Lebrecht's blog (http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2014/03/shock-in-cloisters-as-st-pauls-cathedral-appoints-a-woman-organ-scholar.html) about 'shock in cloisters'. When one considers that there are female cathedral organists in the UK; Jane Watts was organ scholar at Westminster Abbey in the mid-1980s; the Chapter of St Paul's includes two female canons, why is this a 'shock in cloisters'? Incidentally, does St Paul's have cloisters?

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There was also a rather silly headline in Norman Lebrecht's blog (http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2014/03/shock-in-cloisters-as-st-pauls-cathedral-appoints-a-woman-organ-scholar.html) about 'shock in cloisters'. When one considers that there are female cathedral organists in the UK; Jane Watts was organ scholar at Westminster Abbey in the mid-1980s; the Chapter of St Paul's includes two female canons, why is this a 'shock in cloisters'? Incidentally, does St Paul's have cloisters?

 

Well, quite; and - no, it does not have cloisters. What it does have (on the North side) is a rather nice vista across the re-modelled Paternoster Square. http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=paternoster+square&nord=1&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=WLhCU5rVCIud7QbvvoD4Dg&sqi=2&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg&biw=1920&bih=976

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Well, quite; and - no, it does not have cloisters. What it does have (on the North side) is a rather nice vista across the re-modelled Paternoster Square. http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=paternoster+square&nord=1&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=WLhCU5rVCIud7QbvvoD4Dg&sqi=2&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAg&biw=1920&bih=976

 

Neither am I sure why the fact that she plays in stilettos is 'too much information'. Now if the article had mentioned flying helmets and wet celery....

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Canon Peter Gould has announced his retirement as Master of the Music at Derby Cathedral, to take effect from 6th January 2015.

 

Isn't this is just a little premature? A new canon precentor was installed recently - one who has excellent musical credentials (Oxford BMus and choral scholar; sang on the first Tallis Scholars LP), but also one who is also keen to embrace "approachable" styles. Coincidence?

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Isn't this is just a little premature? A new canon precentor was installed recently - one who has excellent musical credentials (Oxford BMus and choral scholar; sang on the first Tallis Scholars LP), but also one who is also keen to embrace "approachable" styles. Coincidence?

Why 'premature'? Peter Gould (now 62) was appointed to Derby in 1983. By any reckoning, he has had a very long and successful tenure there.

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Of course he has and the last Evensong I heard there was very fine indeed, by any standards.

 

For the record, I was merely musing, not accusing.

Adding 2 + 2 and getting 7?

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Per Chichester cathedral website, as copied to both Twitter (by the Cathedral) and Facebook (by others), Charles Harrison, assistant at Lincoln cathedral to be organist and master of the choristers at Chichester from September 2014.

 

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