AGM November 2020

As the annual Advent Sunday Lunch and the Association’s AGM could not take place in 2020, the AGM was transferred to Zoom, which enabled people from around the country to attend the meeting from the comfort of their own homes.   The Dean took the chair. 

 

The meeting was enhanced with excellent and informative talks on the how the choir has been operating in 2020 and how Cathedral has been challenged during the pandemic. These were led by James Bowstead and Leah Vasey-Saunders respectively. Leah then went on to explain that all choristers who leave the choir now sign up to allow their details to be passed to the Association unless they specifically request not to do so. This is a positive move for the Association making it easier to keep in contact with young OCs. 

 

Paul Fincham’s Advent Carol 2021

When the Association commissioned Paul to compose an Advent carol, it was hoped it would have its first performance at the 2020 Advent Carol Service. Hopefully, it will now be sung at the 2021 Advent Carol Service, which will take place on Sunday, 28th November. 

 

If we are unable to hold the Advent Sunday lunch, we hope some OCs will be able to attend the service but we shall ensure a recording is available on-line for those unable to make the journey.

Association Newsletters

The Association sends out newsletters in January and September each year.  Wakefield Cathedral Old Choristers who are not on the mailing list and wish to receive newsletters and other information about the Association should email jsnwcoca@google.com  

ANNUAL DINNER

As already mentioned, we cannot hold our Annual Dinner on Friday, 7th May.  Having looked for a date for later in the year in the hope that the pandemic eases and allows events to take place, it is impossible to find one that would be suitable for both the Choir and the Cathedral.

 

However, we have a provisional date for 2022, which is Friday, 6th May.  We hope Chris Lewis, the Head of Music at QEGS, who was to have been our guest speaker this year (he was first asked to speak in 2020!), will agree to speak.  It is also hoped that “Close Shave”, the school’s excellent barbershop group, will provide entertainment during the evening.

Cathedral Piano Recital by Marc Corbett-Weaver       

Sadly, Marc’s piano recital had to be postponed in May, 2020.  Arrangements for a new date will be made when the situation changes.     

WCOCA now on Facebook

In February, a new Facebook group for Old Choristers was opened.  It is proving to be very popular with Old Choristers.  Phoebe Marsh-Muir and Andrew Revans are joint Administrators for the site.   Old Choristers wishing to join the group, should contact jsnwcoca@google.com  

Subscriptions

Old Choristers wishing to pay the Association's annual subscription should where possible pay by bank transfer and create a standing order.  Details can be found in the January 2021 Newsletter.  If you need further information, please contact jsnorth@google.com

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