The Choral Foundation is a charity formed in the 1970’s when the financial situation was difficult and there was a risk that the Choral Tradition in the Cathedral might have to be curtailed. A group of former choristers and those interested in the Choral Tradition worked together to raise funds to make sure it continued. Since then, the Foundation has supported almost 200 choristers and their parents. In the early days, we provided grants towards school fees, and now we provide bursaries to choristers and probationers as recognition of the work they do in maintaining the Choral Tradition. The objects of the charity are drawn broadly, but as a matter of policy we focus on music in the Cathedral.
The Charity has 10 trustees who meet three times a year. At each meeting we hear from the Precentor and Master of the Choristers about recent events and issues. As well as ensuring there are sufficient funds for the bursaries, we discuss the music needs in the Cathedral, and make grants for such things as tours, recordings and robes. We also support activities for choir alumni, and work closely with the Cathedral Trust development team.
We are reliant on gifts and legacies from individuals and organisations for support. This allows us to review the level of bursaries and support other activities. If you think you may be able to help or would like further information, please contact the Chairman, Richard Bacon or the Secretary, David Torpy.
The Trustees are:
Richard Bacon (Chair & Treasurer)
David Torpy (Secretary & Assistant Treasurer)
The Very Revd Dr Mandy Ford (Dean of Bristol)
The Revd Canon Nicola Stanley (Canon Precentor)
Mark Lee (The Master of Choristers & Organist)