HERE have been changes made to the program at Westminster Cathedral (which is Roman Catholic, whereas Westminster Abbey is currently Protestant). This program was initially created under Sir Richard R. Terry, whose book can be downloaded as a PDF file. Recently, it has been run by Martin Baker, who can be seen in the following video. Maestro Baker is a very close friend of Fr. Guy Nicholls, who has been such a supporter of CCWatershed through the years. But Martin Baker recently resigned, apparently because of certain changes (which Dr. Tappan has spoken about.) May God’s Will be done with regard to the music program there.
In any event, here’s an inspiring film created before Maestro Baker’s resignation:
The Cathedral—it would seem—is trying to correct the mistake they made, and have launched:
* A Plan To Save The Music Program
—“Strategic review of sacred music in the mission of Westminster Cathedral” (01/20/2020)
It seems the future is in the hands of these people:
Robert Arnott, Director of Strategy, Social Mobility and Disadvantage at the Department for Education and Chair of Trustees of the Cardinal Hume Centre.
Leslie Ferrar, Non-Executive Director of Secure Income REIT PLC and Former Trustee of the Diocese of Westminster.
Mgr Mark Langham, Roman Catholic Chaplain of Cambridge University and Former Administrator of Westminster Cathedral.
Andrew Reid, Formerly Director of the Royal School of Church Music and Former Assistant Master of Music of Westminster Cathedral.