EX CATHEDRA | Ex Cathedra delighted to receive support from the third round of government's Culture Recovery Fund

More than £100 million has been awarded to 925 cultural organisations across the country including Ex Cathedra in the latest round of support from the Culture Recovery Fund, the Culture Secretary announced today.

Ex Cathedra is delighted to have been awarded a grant of £56,944.

This funding will safeguard our planned concert programme over the winter, providing vital work for our freelance musicians despite ongoing uncertainties and reduced box office income.

Concerts now secured include the world-premiere of Liz Dilnot Johnson’s major work I Stand at the Door – a love song to our planet that addresses the climate emergency, and 12 performances of Christmas Music by Candlelight across the Midlands. The Christmas concerts will feature no fewer than 5 new works and 12 living composers amongst an eclectic programme that encompasses toe-tapping Latin American music, an exquisite piece by Nunes Garcia – a little-known Black Brazilian composer born in 1767 – and readings from the 4th-century BCE Dhammapada to former Birmingham poet-laureate Julie Boden.

The third round of funding will support organisations from all corners of the sector as they deal with ongoing reopening challenges, ensuring they can thrive in better times ahead.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said:

“Culture is for everyone and should therefore be accessible to everyone, no matter who they are and where they’re from.

“Through unprecedented government financial support, the Culture Recovery Fund is supporting arts and cultural organisations so they can continue to bring culture to communities the length and breadth of the country, supporting jobs, boosting local economies and inspiring people.”

Over £1.2 billion has already been awarded from the unprecedented Culture Recovery Fund, supporting around 5000 individual organisations and sites across the country ranging from local museums to West End theatres, grassroots music venues to festivals, and organisations in the cultural and heritage supply-chains.

Peter Trethewey, General Manager, Ex Cathedra said:

We are extremely grateful for this support. Without it, the work done to navigate the first 18 months of the pandemic would have been severely jeopardised and the viability of Ex Cathedra thrown into grave doubt. We can now deliver our programme with confidence, provide much-needed work for our freelance musicians, and welcome audiences to celebrate Christmas with world-class performances of choral music.

Darren Henley, Chief Executive, Arts Council England, said:

“This continued investment from the Government on an unprecedented scale means our theatres, galleries, music venues, museums and arts centres can carry on playing their part in bringing visitors back to our high streets, helping to drive economic growth, boosting community pride and promoting good health. It’s a massive vote of confidence in the role our cultural organisations play in helping us all to lead happier lives”.