Mark Bassant, East Kent Provincial Grand Charity Steward, writes:
Rochester Cathedral has established a Children’s Community Choir and is looking for help from Lodges and Chapters in East Kent.
This is no ordinary choir. It seeks to recruit members from primary schools throughout the county, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. One of its key aims is to offer young people living in some of the most deprived parts of Medway the opportunity to benefit from the fabulous experience of choral singing in the wonderful setting of England’s second oldest cathedral. Singing in a choir helps children build confidence and promotes physical and mental well-being.
The Provinces of East Kent (via the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity) and West Kent are very keen to assist the Cathedral expand its activities, each hoping to raise £25,000 to help sustain the Choir for the next four years.
The Choir was started in 2015. Currently it is drawing members from thirteen schools and is hoping to widen its catchment area. There are no constraints on gender or religious belief. The children rehearse weekly in the Cathedral and have given a coffee-time summer concert and sung at cathedral events and at Mercers’ Hall in London.
This is another opportunity for us to demonstrate as Freemasons our continuing commitment to the welfare of our community.
Can your Lodge or Chapter help us achieve this target and help enrich the lives of the children?
Any donation will be most gratefully received. If each Lodge or Chapter is able to give £200, we shall quickly reach the target – and the benefits of this excellent community project will be assured. Please contact your local Charity Steward for details of how to donate.
All pictures of the Choir have been taken from http://rochester-cathedral.com/news