Cathedral receives CRF Grant

Leicester Cathedral receives lifeline grant from Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund

Leicester Cathedral has been awarded £249,999 as part of the Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure they have a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced today.

Leicester Cathedral is one of 1,385 cultural and creative organisations across the country receiving urgently needed support. £257 million of investment has been announced today as part of the very first round of the Culture Recovery Fund grants programme being administered by Arts Council England. Further rounds of funding in the cultural and heritage sector are due to be announced over the coming weeks.

This grant will help sustain the choral tradition at Leicester Cathedral. Leicester Cathedral is the only place in Leicestershire where Evensong is sung on weekdays and one of only a handful where it is sung each Sunday.

Under normal circumstances we host an eclectic and diverse programme of musical events and activities that range from traditional choral music to cutting edge modern music and classical Indian music.

Choristers at Leicester Cathedral benefit from the rigorous and intensive musical education for which the British Cathedral tradition is envied throughout the world. Our singing programme, DioSing!, embeds this work in the day-to-day education of primary school children around the city and county, thereby enabling an even wider cross-section of the population to benefit from the expertise of the Cathedral musicians through a curriculum covering the full range of skills required of a choral singer.

This funding will help our music achieve financial viability by 31 March 2021. It will offer our city a positive and inclusive experience of Christmas and increase our capacity for activity and sustainability.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, said: “This funding is a vital boost for the theatres, music venues, museums and cultural organisations that form the soul of our nation. It will protect these special places, save jobs and help the culture sector’s recovery. “These places and projects are cultural beacons the length and breadth of the country. This
unprecedented investment in the arts is proof this government is here for culture, with further support to come in the days and weeks ahead so that the culture sector can bounce back strongly.”

Chair of the Arts Council England, Sir Nicholas Serota, said: “Theatres, museums, galleries, dance companies and music venues bring joy to people and life to our cities, towns and villages. This life-changing funding will save thousands of cultural spaces loved by local communities and international audiences. Further funding is still to be announced and we are working hard to support our sector during these challenging times.”

Dean of Leicester, The Very Revd David Monteith, said: “At Leicester Cathedral our singers give us joy and inspire us on the darkest of days. We believe choral music is for everyone, and our singers are diverse in age, race and backgrounds. This money means this great tradition of music making can continue and even develop more.”

Director of Music at Leicester Cathedral, Dr Chris Ouvry-Johns, said: “Cathedral music is as much a part of our cultural heritage as the buildings in which it is heard throughout the land and the thought of Leicester Cathedral without the sound of our choirs and organ in worship and concert is like imagining a heart with no blood to pump. This funding will enable us to continue to make that tradition accessible to everyone in our community, whether they are close to us geographically or connect with us from further afield through our online offering.”