Chichester Cathedral has launched a fundraising appeal to protect the choral music tradition for future generations.
Cathedral spokesman Oliver Tubb said: “Music is central to the life and worship of Chichester’s 949-year-old Cathedral. The Choir, which has long been renowned for the excellence of its singing, is a significant cultural asset whose work is admired in Chichester and around the world.
“Maintaining a choral foundation of this quality is an expensive exercise, one that is challenged by the ongoing financial headwinds that began with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“To meet this challenge, and to secure the future of its choir, the Cathedral has launched the Chichester Cathedral Platinum Endowment Trust for Music. With an initial target of £5 million, this fund will produce a reliable income and ensure that future generations will continue to experience the transforming power of music, which is a cornerstone of the Cathedral’s worshipping life.”