Welcome to the website of the RCOCA – Rochester Cathedral Old Choristers’ Association.
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If you are an Old Chorister of Rochester Cathedral, please keep in touch either via this site or via the RCOCA Facebook Group so that you can keep up to date with information about the annual reunion and other events and communicate with fellow Old Choristers. If you are not an Old Chorister, please feel free to browse the site and find out a little more about us. Full details about membership and associate membership may be found on the Membership page.

Message from the Chairman

The Association’s objective is to establish and maintain links between old choristers and encourage our members to continue to participate in the life of the choir and cathedral via the events that are organised throughout each year.

We are always glad to hear from members with whom we have lost touch. Despite its title and existence from 1909, membership is not restricted to the ‘old’ and at evensong on the day of our Annual General Meeting, those who have recently left the Boys or Girls Choirs are formally admitted as members. Former choristers of all ages are welcome.

At our annual reunion, members hear the  current choir singing Choral Evensong, have the opportunity to attend the Annual General Meeting and then enjoy the annual reunion dinner, making new friends as well as reuniting old ones.

Our shared experience in the Choir is very special as is our Association.

David Littlejohn

4 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I just received the Dec 2015 OR magazine and noticed your archive request for Old Choristers info. I was a chorister from joining King’s in 1959 until my voice broke in 1965 and remained at the school until 1969. I remember many Old Choristers, including Stephen Potts & his younger brother Andrew, Jonathan Rose, Roger Black, Dave Littlejohn, Malcolm Rye, Derek Sayer and Chris Royall towards the end. I was Head Chorister for 4/5 months before my voice broke. Regrettably i’ve had little ‘singing time’ since and am now living in Chiang Mai, Thailand with my Thai wife after retiring early as Fleet Manager of what was the UK’s oldest Ship Owner, before it’s final closure 4 news ago. I do hope to repatriate to Northumberland next year, if we can sell one of our two houses here. If any of those i’ve mentioned are still in contact with you, please pass on my best wishes and would welcome any feedback from you or them. Good luck with your endevours.
    Regards, John Arran..

  2. I have just found this web site and thought it about time I established contact! I was Chorister from 1957 to either 19660 or 61 – I can’t after this time, exactly remember. Barry Rose,Colin Whyman, Michael Gough, MIchael Chance (who auditioned at the same time as me) Dave Littlejohn, Derek Sayer, Stephen Potts were all contemporaries. I left Kings in 1964, joined the Royal Artillery Band for 7 years playing the violin and clarinet, having been to Kneller Hall for a year, and then got commissioned and retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1998. I worked in London for the next 7 years as a Management Consultant and then my wife and I went to live in South Africa until March last year, when we returned to our house in Faringdon Oxfordshire. I have recently taken up the clarinet after 46 years; but really no singing since I left the Choir.

    Grateful you pass on my regards to those who might remember me and who knows I might be able to come to a reunion sometime.

    best wishes

    Richard Self

  3. I remember Richard well though my name is Tom Gough not Michael Gough as shown in his entry. I am still very much involved in the Old Choristers Association as a Trustee of the Fund and attend the committee meetings. Happily married after 47 years with two children and 4 grandchildren I now am Worship Leader at my church in Hainault Essex after an amazing career in floristry in Central London and having written 5 books on Houseplant care. I am a senior Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners and a Fellow of the Linnean Society. My voice broke in around 1962

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