NEW DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Ed Jones is the Cathedral’s new Director of Music and will take up his appointment on 1st September. He is at present at Worcester Cathedral where he directs the cathedral’s Voluntary Choir of boys and adults and is the principal accompanist of the Cathedral Choir when the girls are singing. He deputises when needed as an alto in the Cathedral Choir and is involved with other ensembles in the area. After university, he was organ scholar at both Blackburn Cathedral and Exeter Cathedral and then spent a year as Associate Organist at Bradford Cathedral.
He attended Aberdeen University where he was awarded a first class honours degree in Music and followed this with a PhD in Musical Composition. In 2018, he gained the FRCO. More information about Ed can be found on the Cathedral website (www.wakefieldcathedral.org.uk).
CANON LEAH LEAVES THE CATHEDRAL
After five years at the Cathedral as Precentor, Canon Leah Vasey-Saunders is leaving her role to become the Vicar of Lancaster Priory. She has been a very good supporter of the Association and its Committee and will be sorely missed. Leah takes up her new appointment in September. We wish her and her family the very best for the future.
CONGRATULATIONS TO TOM MOORE!
Tom gained the FRCO (Fellow of the Royal College of Organists) earlier this year. This is excellent news and thoroughly deserved.
Since leaving the Cathedral, Tom is now a freelance musician and plays the organ as a recitalist and accompanist throughout Yorkshire and further afield. He maintains his long lasting work with choral societies, currently serving as Assistant Musical Director to both Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir and Harrogate Choral Society. He combines his freelance work with that of chauffeuring for a Wakefield based funeral director, satisfying his passion for motor vehicles.
COMMITTEE MEETING: January 2021
The Committee met on Zoom on Wednesday, 20th January for the first time since the AGM. It was good to welcome Steve Gledhill, Phoebe Marsh-Muir and Rachel Bennett to their first meeting.
One of the first decisions we had to make was the cancellation of this year’s Annual Dinner. However, we are going to wait and see where we are with the virus in the autumn before making a decision about the Advent Sunday lunch. We shall have to be guided by the Cathedral’s risk assessments and common sense.
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
"Remote Member" Rachel Bennett
Ex-Officio: Canon Leah Vasey-Saunders 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).