Westminster Cathedral’s Master of Music resigns

Martin Baker has resigned as Master of at Westminster Cathedral, the diocese has actually announced.

In a short declaration, the Diocese of Westminster said that his resignation had worked on New Year’s Eve.

The statement said: “Yesterday it was announced: ‘It is with regret that we reveal the resignation of Martin Baker as Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral with effect from 31 December 2019. We seize the day to thank him for his devotion and service over the previous 2 and wish him the best in his profession’.

“Today the Diocese will start to attend to these brand-new scenarios created by Mr Baker’s resignation. An additional statement will be made in the coming weeks.”

It is comprehended that Baker, who has functioned as Master of Music given that 2000, had urged Cardinal Vincent Nichols not to approve changes to the Westminster Cathedral Choir schedule, which moms and dads argued would put the cathedral’s musical heritage at threat.

The changes saw the school ended up being five-days-a-week boarding instead of 7, with parents needing to take kids home on Friday evening and return them on Sunday early morning before the 10.30 am Mass. The kids no longer sing at Mass on Friday or Saturday.

David Heminway, chair of the guvs, stated in a letter to moms and dads last Might that it was “becoming significantly difficult” to recruit and that moms and dads had stated they desired to see children more.

In an open letter to Cardinal Nichols, nevertheless, a group of moms and dads stated the relocation would strike “a crucial blow to a vital part of our nationwide, worldwide and Catholic heritage and tradition” and would “actively damage the first-rate standing of the choir”.

Composing in the Catholic Herald prior to the modifications were executed, former Master of Music Colin Mawby, who died in November, warned that requiring parents to pick up their children weekly would make it difficult for households living outside of London to send their kids there.

“What is now a global institution will become localised,” he wrote.

“I went to the school as a boy however under the brand-new timetable this would be impossible. The comprehensive liturgical music I have actually composed would never ever have been written.

“I believe there was little consultation with the music department or moms and dads. Martin Baker, the Cathedral’s master of music, has actually developed the choir’s collection, maintained its requirements and made many globally well-known CDs. He has actually dedicated himself to the Cathedral and its liturgy. He did manage to put his case to the cardinal however without result.”

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