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A Concert of Classical Choral Singing and Instrumental Music

Old Choristers Josh Saunders and Alex Stefanyszyn, with the assistance of Gloucester Cathedral’s organ scholar William Peart, are giving a concert of classical music this Saturday 21 November 2015 between 11am and 12 noon in the Chapter House, in aid of raising funds to undertake volunteer work in Borneo.

Further details can be found in their poster here.

Their programme of music currently includes tenor pieces from Caccini, Handel, Schubert, and Purcell, with violin pieces from Massenet, Brahms, Vivaldi and Abreu.

There will be refreshments available with any ticket purchased.

Alison Charter

It is with sadness that I have to inform you of the passing of Alison Charter, treasured wife of Colin. As well as being by Colin’s side on many occasions, we remember Alison’s support for our Association and of her tireless generosity in giving her time and kindness to the Cathedral in so many ways. This is a very sad time and our thoughts and prayers are with Colin.

Alison’s funeral will take place in the Cathedral on the 23rd November at 1200 mid-day. Old Choristers are very welcome, but should you plan to attend, please do let Colin know, either directly, or via the Association Secretary by email (

John Bowdler. 1929-2015


It is with real sadness that we have learned that John Bowdler, friend and fellow Gloucester Old Chorister, passed away on the 18th August. John devoted so much of his life to the work of the Gloucester Association – he was Secretary for many years, and to the National Federation, which he served as Secretary and Vice President. Many of us will have our own wonderful memories of John and he will be very sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty, his wife, and his family.

John Balsdon
Chairman, GCOCA

2015 Newsletter and Reunion

The 2015 Reunion and Admission of Old Choristers is being held on Sunday 27th September. Full details can be found in the newsletter (which is available on request).

The booking form should be returned by Monday 14th September. It can also be returned for membership renewals, ordering Once A Chorister (the FCOCA magazine), and ordering replacement Association ties.

If your contact details have changed, or you would like to help us save money by receiving the newsletter electronically please email me at

There is an informal plan to meet up in Gloucester on the evening before the reunion. It’s not a formal GCOCA event, but many of the Committee will be in attendance. It will most likely be arranged through our Facebook Group. If you aren’t on Facebook and would like to be updated via email please email

Edward Gardner nominated for Gramophone Artist of the Year Award

Edward Gardner

Edward Gardner

Former Gloucester Cathedral Chorister Edward Gardner has been nominated for this year’s Gramophone Artist of the Year Award. His recent work as chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and principal Guest Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra have led to several critically acclaimed recordings in Chandos’ ongoing orchestral series of Mendelssohn, Walton and Janáček.

Voting closes on 31 July 2015 so if you’d like to support Edward’s nomination please visit the Chandos campaign page and follow the links to add your vote.

2015 Annual Reunion – Change of Date

Due to a Rugby World Cup match in the city on the 3rd Saturday in September, this year’s reunion lunch will now be held on Sunday 27th September, with the Admission of Old Choristers part of the Sunday Eucharist Service. There will also be a less formal gathering hosted by the Association on the Saturday evening. More details of the weekend’s arrangements will follow shortly.

2015 Federation Festival

This year’s FCOCA Festival is being hosted by Exeter Cathedral between the 3rd and 5th July. It will be one of Andrew Millington’s last formal engagements before he retires as Director of Music.

2015 FCOCA Federation Booking Form

Andrew was Assistant Organist at Gloucester under John Sanders from 1975 until 1983, and in those years played a huge part in the formative years of many of our members. The Association expects we will be well represented at this year’s FCOCA Festival, so if you’re already signed up, or if you’re considering it please get in touch.