Her Majesty the Queen, Visitor of Christ Church, and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, were the guests of honour at the launch of the Christ Church Cathedral Music Trust, on Tuesday 4th March, in the State Apartments of St James's Palace. The Dean introduced Her Majesty to the Trustees and a number of Members of the House, and following a champagne reception, Dr Stephen Darlington conducted the Choir in a short concert. Sanuda Kariyawasam, the youngest Chorister, presented the Queen with a bouquet of narcissi.
Speeches by Nigel Hamway, the Chairman of the Trustees, and Stephen Darlington, explained the purpose of the Cathedral Music Trust. At a time when many choirs across the country are under threat, Christ Church has made a strategic commitment permanently to guarantee the quality and standing of the Choir, as it is of fundamental importance to the College, the Cathedral, and the wider community. The Trust aims to endow choral music at Christ Church, to increase scholarship funding for the Choristers, and thus to sustain and enhance the Cathedral Choir in perpetuity.
For more information: http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/cathedral/christ-church-cathedral-music-trust
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Registered Charity Number: 1143423