Welcome

Welcome, from the Rochester Cathedral Old Choristers’ Association.RCOCA logo

We hope you find this site useful for finding out more about the RCOCA, our next events listed on Facebook, and getting in touch with us and fellow old choristers of Rochester Cathedral.

We are now looking at building up an archive on this site. Please do get in touch if you wish to contribute.

A message from our Chairman, Chris Royall:

As Chairman of the Rochester Cathedral Old Choristers’ Association I welcome you to our new website. We have just hosted a most successful National Federation of Cathedral Old Choristers annual festival weekend, a highlight of which was a concert by the Kings Singers. Our Cathedral Choir performed one piece with them too.

We hope that the website will encourage old choristers to keep in touch with each other and attend functions throughout the year, such as our Association dinner usually in the autumn and a special evensong at the end of July.

As old choristers I feel we have a duty to ensure that the wonderful English choral music of our land is nurtured and maintained in our beautiful Cathedral.

3 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

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