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 (email@example.com).
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.
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.
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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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
James Trickey was a Chorister at Gloucester between 2001 and 2005, and was continuing his musical career as a Lay Clerk at Peterborough Cathedral when he was involved in a road accident in the City on 23rd December. His funeral will be held at Gloucester Cathedral on 7th January at 1.30pm.
Further information can be found in the Gloucester Citizen.
The latest edition of our newsletter is now available here.
Wishing all of our members a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on behalf of the GCOCA. If you’re near Gloucester this festive season there are plenty of events happening in and around the Cathedral; see their Christmas 2014 Services & Events page for details.
The 2014 Annual General Meeting was held on Saturday 20th September. The transcript of the Chairman’s Report can be found here.
The draft minutes can be found here.
This year’s annual reunion was held on Saturday 20th September. In a departure from previous years arrangements, this year saw the Association hold a reunion lunch rather than evening dinner. Full details can be found in the newsletter here: