September Update

Thursday 29th September, 2011

An answer to the draughts in the Cathedral may be in sight! This would involve a glass lobby being built inside the current glass west doors, so that you would have to go through two (glass) doors to get into the Cathedral, and thereby draughts would be reduced. That‟s the theory! A group of representatives of Cathedral Stewards and Welcomers met to explore this and how we might best reconfigure the west end of the Cathedral. We decided to embrace the principle of festina lente. All agreed we should proceed with getting the necessary permissions for the west doors, have the new glass lobby and doors built and installed, and then determine the next stage in due course. This project will be funded by a most generous legacy from Victor Plommer.

September always sees the arrival of new members to the Cathedral Choir. Choristers are: Lula Molleson, Peter Gill, Jacob Slater, Charlie Bell, Esme Frith; Lay Clerk and Choral Scholars are: Dominic Barberi, Alex Robarts, Johnny McGhee Doyle, James Wood; and the Organ Scholar is Mo Wah Chan. Recruitment is clearly buoyant and a credit to the musicianship and training of our Master of the Music.

September also saw a visit of HRH The Princess Royal. As Visitor to St Mary‟s Cathedral Workshop The Princess takes a lively interest in all that we do, and the Cathedral is greatly honoured by her active participation in promoting the work of the Workshop, both in terms of its care of the Cathedral fabric and the training given to our apprentice stonemasons.