English cathedral music faces existential crisisNews
A report by the Cathedral Music Trust paints a bleak picture of the future of music in Anglican churches.
A lead story in the Church Times finds that in 2019 there were 1500 choristers (770 girls and 730 boys) and 510 lay clerks or choral scholars making music in the 42 C of E cathedrals and Westminster Abbey. That year, 37,300 people weekly attended cathedral services.
However, the Covid shutdown broke the attendance habit and the economic slowdown meant fewer choristers were emerging from fee-paying private schools. Others complain of a lack of ethnic diversity in church choirs.
So some cathedrals are cutting choirs/a>.
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