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‘It Seems an Awful Pity’: The Death of a Choir School

In August this year, news broke that St Asaph’s Cathedral in Wales had made its Director and Assistant Director of Music redundant. The Dean and Chapter’s statement made it clear that the decision was due to ‘financial pressure’ resulting in a ‘reduction in the budget’. Supporters of cathedral music were understandably upset by this development. Reaction on social media saw the musicians being offered widespread support, and the cathedral’s decision condemned. One prominent musician commented: ‘dissolving these music posts should not be interpreted as some sort of ‘inevitable cathedral trend’… it has always been a challenge to maintain cathedral foundations, but previous generations HAVE man

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