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July 1st, 2013 - An Opportunity to Support the Children's Singing Programme
An Opportunity to Support the Children's Singing Programme

A letter from Mgr John Wilson, Diocesan Administrator

Dear Friend,

In my current role as Diocesan Administrator it has been a great pleasure for me to attend many of the liturgies and concerts where the music has been so magnificently led by our children's choirs. The Music Department undertakes some of the Diocese's most important, wide-reaching and visibly successful work with our young people. I know from speaking to parents how much their children receive from the gift of singing together at a high standard; both in terms of the development of their social and musical skills and in nurturing a deeper participation within the life and liturgy of their Church. Members of congregations and concert audiences enjoy a level of choral music that is both excellent and unique: fruits of a singing tradition we have developed here over a generation.

As you will appreciate from the general economic climate, our financial resources are less than in previous years. I am therefore writing to ask for your help to support the diocesan Singing Programme. The approximate annual cost for the provision of Choral Directors, training and music is £360 per child. The Diocese already covers some of these costs and there is also a comprehensive fundraising programme underway to raise further necessary finances though charitable trusts and regular collections. I am, however, respectfully asking for your financial help though a monthly giving scheme. Ten pounds a month would assist in securing our current activities with the children's choirs and would be used solely to support the Singing Programme. All contributions will be treated as strictly confidential and any amount will be enormously helpful and greatly valued.

Please would you give this request your careful consideration? If you are able to make a contribution, there is a voluntary donation form attached to this letter and I would be most grateful if you could fill it in and return it to the music department. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact any of the music staff or the Diocesan Director of Music, Benjamin Saunders.

We have a Singing Programme that is truly outstanding. Please help us to secure our future so that we will all continue to benefit from the tremendous and unique singing opportunities we have in this Diocese.

With very best wishes
Yours sincerely, 

Mgr John Wilson
Diocesan Administrator

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