Festival Announces Award Winner 2021

The Edington Festival of Music is absolutely delighted to announce that Leicester Cathedral is the recipient of the Edington Festival Award 2021. The Cathedral will use the award to help support individual singing lessons for the choristers over the coming year.

Dr. Christopher Ouvry-Johns, Director of Music at Leicester Cathedral says “I’m delighted that Leicester Cathedral Choir has been awarded the Edington Festival Award. Since our choristers attend a range of schools spread across the city and county, we were not allowed to hold in-person rehearsals during the second lockdown in January to March of this year, and instead offered small-group tuition to all our singers, including weekly one-to-one vocal tuition with Avalon Summerfield for all our Senior Girl Choristers. When we met again for our first rehearsal after Easter, the difference in the confidence of the singers, and consequently in the sound of the choir, was such that we were able to pick up almost where we had left off at Christmas. Without the support of this grant, we would now have to revert to our pre-pandemic provision of occasional 15-minute sessions in small groups. I’m tremendously grateful that, in the coming academic year, we will instead be able to build on the solid foundations laid in the spring.”

Edington Festival’s Director, Richard Pinel, writes “Leicester Cathedral supports a vibrant and diverse music department. Therefore I’m absolutely delighted that this year’s Edington Festival Award will be going to support the fantastic work that Christopher and all his team there do.” 

The Edington Festival Award was made possible by a bequest which has been invested by the Edington Music Festival. The award was decided in collaboration with Cathedral Music Trust and its Diamond Fund for Choristers. 

The 2021 Music Festival will be the 65th, and will run from Thursday August 26th to Sunday August 29th.

Previous Winners

2020 – Portsmouth Cathedral