Volunteer Requested – Honorary Membership Secretary

The Association is looking for an Honorary Membership Secretary. If interested please contact Tom Richley (thesecretary@rcoca.org.uk).

Role and Responsibilities

  • Receive and progress membership applications.
  • Manage the Association’s subscription renewal process.
  • Write to members as required.
  • Maintain current membership lists.
  • To attend Committee meetings and provide reports.

Key Activities

  • Produce documentation as necessary to invite subscription renewals annually from members.
  • Maintain an up-to- date list of all Association members, recording status in respect of subscription, contact details and personal information as on the application form.
  • To liaise with any member who opts not to renew, in order to understand why and to identify any significant trends in changing membership. To report these to the
  • Committee as appropriate and recommend any actions which should be considered.
  • Liaise with the Treasurer over current membership numbers and jointly develop proposals for annual renewal rates if required.
  • Within the confines of the Data Protection Act, provide the Committee and Officers with any data held on the membership data base.

Recommended Experience

  • Computer literate, knowledge of mail merge with experience of administering simple databases such as Excel.
  • Ability to communicate effectively by email or conventional letter.
  • Good organisational skills, ability to adhere to deadlines.

Podcast Appeal

The Association has launched a fund raising appeal for the installation of recording equipment in the Cathedral to enable transmission of Services through a high quality podcast on the internet.

Having tested a system from ‘About Sound’, one of the market leaders in choral webcasting, who spent several hours recording Evensong in the Autumn, we are now hoping to raise £23,000 to make this a gift from the Old Choristers’ Association to the Cathedral. Examples of their system may be found by listening to podcasts from King’s College Chapel and St. John’s College Chapel, Cambridge.

A fund at ‘Stewardship’ (Stewardship Services (UKET) Limited) has been created and you can contribute online by credit or debit card either for a one off gift or several small pledge payments. You can access the STEWARDSHIP website at www.give.net/20214100

The advantage of using ‘Stewardship’ is that if you are a UK tax payer, for every £100 we receive from you, we receive another £25 via Gift Aid less a small administrative fee. If however you would prefer to send a cheque, please make it out to Rochester Cathedral Old Chorister’s Association and send to the Honorary Secretary marking the back “Podcast Appeal”.

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