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Image - Thomas Allen (front right) with fellow Cathedral choristers. (Keith Heppel).

A young chorister from Ely Cathedral will be taking part in a national concert at St. Paul's Cathedral. This unique event on 27 April has been organised by the Friends of Cathedral Music (FCM) to help raise much needed funds to ensure the longevity of the nation's world-renowned cathedral music.

Thomas Allen, aged 12, a chorister at Ely, will be performing alongside 60 other choristers from across the UK. The concert, which is to be recorded by Classic FM, is to kick-start a £10m fund in support of the 1400 year old tradition of Cathedral choirs, many of whom are under mounting financial pressure to continue to provide choral music in some of the UK's most majestic and historically significant sacred buildings. The event will be hosted by television presenter, broadcaster, musician and Ely Cathedral Music Patron, Aled Jones.

Paul Trepte, Director of Music at Ely, is delighted Thomas will be attending. "We are delighted to be sending our own FCM scholar to St Paul's for the fabulous concert on 27 April. It will be a marvellous experience for him. Thomas is a very fine singer and an excellent music reader; he will certainly need to draw deep on both those skills on this occasion. FCM have given wonderful financial support to Ely Cathedral Choir over many years. Their new initiative demonstrates their generosity of spirit and their understanding of the needs of cathedrals and their choirs in the 21st century".

During the concert, the comedian, singer and actor, Alexander Armstrong, will speak about the value of a choral education. Many former choristers go on to do well across a broad range of careers, some of whom have become well known as actors, singers, presenters, comedians, pop artists and musicians.

Professor Peter Toyne, the FCM chairman, has pointed out that some cathedrals are not only facing difficult times with financing their choirs but also have problems with recruitment and retention. 'Unless something is done very soon the situation will threaten the very existence of this unique heritage,' he declared.


For information please contact Lesley Ann Thompson, Director of Communications, Ely Cathedral 07930 918885

Image - Thomas Allen (front right) with fellow Cathedral choristers. (Keith Heppel).