“JEFFREY SKIDMORE, founder and conductor of Ex Cathedra, spent his birthday last year recovering from throat surgery; but this weekend’s celebrations for his 70th will be rather different.

“Tomorrow, Ex Cathedra Around the World, a film looking at the global impact of the choir he founded in 1969, will drop on the choir’s website. And, on Sunday, fans of Radio 3’s Early Music Show can listen (2 p.m.) to a pre-recorded interview with the conductor.

“As his voice and music go out over the airwaves, physically Skidmore will be conducting in the Symphony Hall, Birmingham, recording an online concert, “Baroque Passion”, which will be released for Palm Sunday. “My birthday has got very complicated,” he reflects.”

Read the full Church Times interview here.