supporting great music through Southwell Minster Choir Association
What is PROJECT 2020: about...
There are countless charities on television adverts that call on our purses to raise money for exceptional causes:
"Just £3 a week will ensure..."
Of course these are worthy causes, but sometimes the worthy cause is the one we take for granted, until it is no longer there that is!
Coronavirus has hit hard in just about every corner of the country, regardless of the sector, number of employees, skilled or unskilled; there has been an impact. PROJECT 2020: is concerned with just one sector in one location. Our cathedrals and minsters have long provided a source of comfort and solace to our communities; even if we only visit them whilst on holiday. They are always there for us when we need them. However, all of our beloved establishments have been hit by a significant fall in income, we can all imagine the extraordinary sums of money it takes to keep these buildings alive and that is without considering the people behind the scenes who run keep them going.
A cornerstone of daily life at any cathedral or minster is its musical tradition; supporting services on a Sunday; leading daily choral evensong; performing at concerts and organ recitals; Christmas and Easter special services; the list goes on. An important role also comes through education of young musicians as choristers. Not only do they learn to sing (sometimes like angels), they learn self-discipline, teamwork, responsibility, trust and many other skills.
This is where PROJECT 2020: steps in. Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire has a grand choral tradition let by the splendidly titled 'Rector Chori' (literally 'In Charge of the Choir') who is the Director of Music. To help ensure their continued traditions and education of young choristers PROJECT 2020: is aiming to raise at least £10,000.
Fran's Story tells us how this project was conceived; this is how you can get involved...
Getting involved in PROJECT 2020:
What I will be doing...
I began my rehabilitation journey following my stroke last year by improving my speech, singing, walking, motor control and general physical strength. However, my rehabilitation has not been easy due to extreme fatigue which has made improving on my walking incredibly hard. I started walking laps around my garden to help improve movement when I realized that, while I was helping myself, I could help others too.
With the knowledge that the choral music industry has and will continue to suffer greatly during the Coronavirus pandemic, I decided to raise money by walking two marathons around my own garden.
Each marathon walk totals 26.2 miles or 46145 yards; each lap of my garden is 38.52 yards. I have already walked the distance of one marathon (1198 laps) in just over 9 weeks and I have set myself the challenge to complete the second one in just 8 weeks, that's another 1198 laps. Of course I won't be completing the laps all in one go! I am aiming to complete at least five laps per day, most days I will be able to complete many more laps as I have to average 21.4 laps per day to make the target. You will be able to check out my daily progress on the Home page
I am supporting the Southwell Minster Choir Association (Registered Charity No.1000584). I have a particular fondness for the music at the Minster and know that the music life there has been seriously affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. By supporting the Choir Association they can in turn support; the young people who love to sing at Southwell Minster; the Lay Clerks (adult singers) who rely on the modest income from singing at the Minster; the professional musicians who lead the music at the Minster; the tradition of high quality music lead by Southwell Minster.
What I need you to do...
I have set a target of £10,000 that I want to raise in support of Southwell Minster Choir Association.
I think of it this way:
If only 1,000 households could donate £10 each that would achieve our target of £10,000.
You don't have to give £10 as every £1 counts, just spread the word - the more households donate the better.
So it's simple, please support my efforts by donating and let us keep Cathedral Music Choral Tradition alive!
Go to my Crowd Funding page by clicking on Donate Now below