Jeremy Jones Posted December 1, 2006 Share Posted December 1, 2006 Well now, what with vacancies impending at St Paul's, Worcester, Liverpool Met, St John's Cambridge, and seemingly York, we live in interesting times. The problem, as I see it, is that we had a round of musical chairs only a few years ago when David Hill went up to Cambridge from Winchester and Malcolm Archer to St Paul's. What I'm getting it, really, is whether we have a sufficient abundance of talent available to fill these vacancies without, shall we say, scraping the bottom of the barrel. The danger could be that individuals will be promoted before they are really ready. When you look around, we already have some very young faces already in situ in their first top jobs in cathedrals across the country, e.g. Aric Prentice (Lincoln), Andrew Reid (Peterborough), Robert Sharpe (Truro), Simon Nieminski (Edinburgh). In these cases, having heard 3 out of the 4 choirs under their stewardship, I can vouch that these cathedral choirs are in very safe hands. The worry is not so much what will happen at York, St Paul's, St John's - they are such prestigious posts that they will attract the cream of the crop - no, the concern is further down the road as the game of musical chairs plays itself out and who replaces those who move on to the posts in London, Cambridge, York. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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