Wakefield Cathedral Old Choristers' Association




Saturday, 2nd November, 2013


Keith Wright (organ), Helen Briggs (soprano), Marc Corbett-Weaver (piano), LizzieNewell (soprano) and David, Ted and Patrick Dean (folk) gave performances of the highest quality to a large appreciative audience in the Cathedral on Saturday, 2nd November.   Tom Moore and Simon Earl, Wakefield Cathedral's present Director of Music and Assistant Director of Music, also provided first class piano duets.  


The concert showcased some of the outstanding talent which has been nurtured and encouraged over the years by singing in the Wakefield Cathedral choir.


The retiring collection raised just under £400.00.  This money has been given to the Cathedral Music Trust to support scholarships for choristers.

Old Choristers' AGM


Saturday, 2nd November, 2013


Following lunch at Sloanes Restaurant, Old Choristers made their way to the Eastwood Room in the Cathedral for the AGM.  Adrian Altman was elected secretary following an interim year during which John Holt had given sterling service as Acting Secretary.  Alec Tinker was also elected to the committee for the first time.   The gathering also heard reports from John North about the past year for the WCOCA, Tom Moore about the choir and John Holt about the National Federation.

OCs then went into the Cathedral to hear to a talk given by Malcolm Warburton about the Cathedral's recent restoration work.  Tea was served in the Treacy Hall before an excellent evensong was sung by St. Peter's Consort, directed by Tom Moore.  The OCs' public concert, which followed at 7.30pm  was attended by OCs and their partners.




AGM of the Federation of Cathedral Old Choristers' Associations

Saturday, 7th May 2016

The Committee members and a number of Old Choristers were in the Cathedral from 10.30am on the day following the Golden Jubilee to welcome fellow Old Choristers from other Associations to the AGM.  Following coffee in the crypt, the Federation Executive Committee met while those not attending were given a tour of the Cathedral by Malcolm Warburton, one of the Cathedral's guides.  A drinks reception then took place in the Crypt, with a formal welcome by the Dean, Very Rev Jonathan Greener, before lunch was served in the north choir aisle. Non-attendees of the AGM were taken to look round the Hepworth while the AGM took place in the Chapter House.  Tea followed in the Treacy hall before the Cathedral Choir once again showed off its excellent musicionship at evensong.  

Hopefully, those attending from other Associations would be taking home with them memories of a welcoming and beautifully restored Cathedral, which has a first-rate choir and an Old Choristers' Association whihc knows how to put on a "bit of a do"!  

Golden Jubilee Celebrations: Friday, 6th May, 2016

A wonderful celebration of the Association's Golden Jubilee took place in the Cathedral.

The evening began with the Cathedral Choir of boys, girls and layclerks singing evensong in the newly restored surroundings.  The service began with the beautiful introit by Richard Shephard "To mercy, pity, peace and love", commissioned by the Association to mark the Silver Jubilee of the Association.  The canticles were sung to the setting in D minor by Dr Percy Saunders, Organist and Master of the Choristers when the Association was founded and the anthem was the Association's newly commissioned work, "Sing a song of joy", by Simon Lindley, Master of the Music at Leeds Minster.  The responses were by John Holt, one of the founder members of the Association.  The lives of departed old choristers were remembered while John Scott's anthem, "Behold O God, our defender", was sung. John sadly died in August of last year at the age of 59.  A former Head Chorister & Assistant Organist at Wakefield, he held the post of Director of Music, St Paul’s Cathedral (1990-2004) and was Director of Music, St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, NY from 2004 until his untimely death.  The lessons were read by Rachel Bennett, first Head Chorister of the Girls' Choir, and Roger Scott, present at the first meeting of the Associaiton whose father, Joe Scott, was the first Chairman.


Pre-Dinner drinks were served in the Crypt, which enabled Old Choristers and Guests to see the restored area, including the Chapter House, while final preparations for the dinner were being made, which was served in the Cathedral Nave by County Caterers of Hobury.  

An excellent meal followed in beautiful surroundings before speeches were made by the Chair, John North, followed by John Holt, former Chair and Secretary, and the Guest Speaker, Neil Collier, managing director of Priory Records.  The largest attendance at an Old Chorister event were present.  The number included some frineds form other Associations who were in Wakefield for the AGM of the Federation of Cathedral Old Choristers' Associations, which took lace in the Cathedral the next day

WCOCA 1st Meeting 1966 003

LEFT: The First Meeting of the WCOCA in 1966


Standing: Nicholas Webb (Precentor), Canon Pare (Provost)

On floor: Tom Jessop

Front Row (L to R): Dr Saunders (Organist and Choirmaster), John Holt, Bill Brotherton, ? 2nd Row: Ron Taylor, Gerald Smith, Dr Scott, Walter Oxley 3rd Row: Joe Scott, Stan Deighton, Coley, James Holt, Michael Tait, ? 4th Row: Richard Haigh, Melvin White, John Brereton, Roger Scott


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