Wakefield Cathedral Old Choristers' Association

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WCOCA Officials and Committee Members 2016-2017

Chair: John North

Secretary: Alec Tinker

Treasurer: James Holt

Federation Representative: John Holt

Clergy Representative:  Canon Leah Vasey-Saunders

Committee Members:

Adrian Altman, Emily Beal, Alexis Cooling, David Dean, Neil Hopwood, Andrew Revans, Will Renoussie

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Above: The augmented Cathedral Choir practising for the service with Tom Moore.

Below: Tom Moore addressing the diners

More photos on Girls' Silver Jubilee page.


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Our next event is the annual Advent Sunday Lunch and AGM, which takes place on Sunday, 2nd December at 1pm in the Treacy Hall.  Further details in the September Newsletter.  If you are not on our mailing list, please contact the Assocation's secretary, Alec Tinker (alectinker@hotmail.co.uk)



A smaller than usual gathering met for the 2018 Annual Dinner which took place on Saturday, 28th April.  A glorious evensong was sung by the full Cathedral Choir, singing music by Blair and Elgar.  The Choir were on top form as was the playing of James Bowstead, the Cathedral's new Assistant Director of Music.  


After the service, pre-dinner drinks were served in the Crypt before an excellent meal was served by Ea Nielson, Head of Cathedral Catering, in the Chapter House.   The Cathedral's Precentor, Canon Leah Vasey-Saunders, was the guest speaker and provided a very appropriate talk before proposing a toast to the Association.  


Canon Simon Cowling has been appointed the new Dean of Wakefield.  A former Precentor of Sheffield Cathedral, he comes to Wakefield from Bolton Abbey where he was Vicar for the the past five years.  He was installed in the Cathedral on Sunday, 30th September.


The Association looks forward to having a warm and friendly relationship with Dean Simon over the coming years.  We hope he will be present at the Association's Advent Sunday Lunch and AGM which takes place on 2nd December.  


The 2019 Annual Dinner takes place on Friday, 17th May.  The evening begins with evensong at 6.30pm.  Pre-dinner drinks will be served in the Crypt before making are way to the nave where the meal will be served.  Further details will be found in the January Newsletter.