NEW CANON PRECENTOR
Rev Dr Jayson Rhodes has been appointed as the next Precentor of Wakefield Cathedral. He was will be installed on Sunday 23rd January 2022 at 3.30pm. Born in New Zealand, Jayson has been chaplain to the Bishop of Lincoln for the past four years and last year was appointed priest vicar in Lincoln Cathedral. Previously, he had spent eleven years as a priest in New Zealand.
Having become interested in music as a teenager, he became an organ scholar and organist at two of New Zealand’s cathedrals. He sang in cathedral choirs, had roles in parish music and studied organ performance at university. Before training for the ministry, Jayson had a career in radio and television. He became a radio host, news reader and a journalist. When ordained, he was also a talkback host for a national news network.
The service, which included a feast of fine music: Bruckner’s “Locus iste, sung in the north aisle as the service commenced; Rose responses; the wonderful Dyson in D; “Let all the world (Vaughan Williams); and to close “a bit of” Rutter “The Lord bless you and keep you”. The music was provided by the boy and girl choristers, the lay clerks and the Youth Choir, directed by Ed with the organ played by James.
Everyone hopes that he has a successful and happy time at Wakefield.
CHANGE OF DATE OF ANNUAL DINNER
Due to an unavoidable circumstance, the Association's Annual Dinner will now take place at the Cathedral on Friday, 6th May following evensong. Old Choristers should ensure their reply slips with menu selections are now returned by Sunday, 1st May.
Covid restrictions have caused the cancellation of the Annual Dinners in 2020 and 2021. We shall be delighted to have Dr. Ed Jones, the Cathedral's Director of Music, as our guest speaker.
Let's hope the late alteration does not affect the attendance.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING: Tuesday, 30th November 2021
The meeting was held on Zoom and allowed Old Choristers from around the country to attend from the comfort of their own homes. The Dean was unable to be present but he sent a written contribution which was delivered by the Association's Treasurer, Andrew Revans. Following the election of offiers and the committee, there were also contributions from James, Bowstead, the Assistant Director of Music and Ed Jones, who explained how he hoped to develop the choir over the coming years.
ADVENT SUNDAY LUNCH: Sunday, 28th November
It was good to be able to hold the annual Advent Sunday Lunch in the Treacy Hall following the enforced cancellation of last year's event. After the meal, Old Choristers and their partners were able to chat before moving into the Cathedral for the Advent Carol Service. Unfortunately, some people decided not to stay for the service after a sustained fall of snow.
Chair: John North
Minuting Secretary: Neil Hopwood
Treasurer: Andrew Revans
Rob Barraclough, David Dean, Steve Gledhill, James Holt, Phoebe Marsh-Muir and Reuben Vasey-Saunders, Rachel Bennett
Clergy Representative: Canon Dr Jayson Rhodes
Ex-Officio: Dr Ed Jones and James Bowstead
THE ASSOCIATION'S FIRST MEETING
ABOVE: The first meeting of the Association, held in the Chapter House in 1966. Standing: Nicholas Webb (Precentor) and Canon Norris Pare (Provost) Front Row from the left: Dr Percy Saunders (Organist & Choirmaster), John Holt and Bill Brotherton (both great supporters of the Assoication).