Small Steps, Giant Leaps

A lunchtime recital of music under the moon

Some talented musicians of King’s Rochester gave a lunchtime recital of music ‘under the moon’ in Rochester Cathedral on the 25th February 2020.

The programme included arranged works by Bellini – Vaga Luna (voice), Fauré – Claire de Lune  (violin), Giordani – Caro Mio Ben (voice), Saint-Saëns – Swan from Carnival of the Animals (‘cello), Debussy – Claire de Lune (flute), Brahms – Wiegenlied (voice) and Dvorak – Romantische Stücke No.1 (violin). The performers ranged in age and were excellent in all respects – it was pleasing to note that three were wearing the RCOCA lapel badge.

Museum of the Moon

The Museum of the Moon, a touring artwork by the British artist Luke Jerram, was exhibited in the Nave of the Cathedral from the 12th February to the 4th March 2020.
It measures seven metres in diameter and is based upon 120 dpi high definition NASA satellite photography.

The moon measures seven meters in diameter. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimeter of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface. The work was first exhibited in Kendal in 2016 and has since been shown in many locations within the United Kingdom and abroad. It appeared on Strictly Come Dancing at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom on the 18th November 2019.

Rochester Cathedral Celebrates Success in BBC Chorister of the Year

Congratulations to current Cathedral Deputy Head Chorister Edward Hyde and former Cathedral Head Chorister Rupert Walker on reaching the final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year Competition.

This is a National Competition with Choristers being auditioned from the length and breadth of the Country. Only four boys are selected for the final and it is therefore a wonderful achievement that 50% of those were from King’s Rochester (the other two finalists were from Canterbury Cathedral).

The competition was won by Edward Hyde at the final held in Manchester Cathedral on October 24th 2016.


12th Edition of Choristers of Rochester Cathedral

I’m pleased to present (after some hard and diligent work by one of our old choristers – James Strike) the 12th edition of Choristers of Rochester Cathedral. This book contains the names and dates of all Choristers from 1679 to 2015 as well as some interesting information about cathedral music in Rochester over the years. The book has also been updated to include all Girl Choristers.

This professionally printed and published book can be purchased via me for £5 (plus postage if you’d like it posted).

Drop a line on our contact us page if you’d like one.

Tom Richley