While the core business of Cathedral musicians is providing music for regular services and occasional services, concerts and recitals provide an opportunity to bring Cathedral music to new people.
The Music Foundation supported the Cathedral’s first Choir in Residence in August 2014. This was a vist by the UK choir, the Fieri Consort. Central to this was the concert There’s Something About Mary to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which also marked the 20th anniversary of admission of girl choristers to the treble line. A review by The Advertiser’s Peter Burdon reported that “The first ever concert outside the UK by the Fieri Consort may well go down as an ‘I was there’ moment for the large and enthusiastic audience who came along to wish the eight singers well”.
During the residency, the Fieri Consort led workshops, performed a schools concert and sang the Sunday services.