Choral Foundation

In February 2010 a new choir of boys’ voices was established and fourteen choristers sang their first service of Choral Evensong just three months later, in May.

The Reading Minster Choral Foundation has been established to support the development of a choral tradition at the Minster.

The fundraising for this important project is in 3 stages:

Stage 1: Establishing the tradition

Many set-up costs were incurred to provide robes, folders and a library of music for the choir.


Stage 2: Developing the tradition

With the building blocks in place, the choir needs development, training and maintenance.


Stage 3: Sustaining the tradition

Having established the founding elements of the choir, further support is needed in order to continue and grow the choir and its capabilities.


How can you help?

There are a number of ways in which individuals and companies can support this important project.


Renewal costs

You can either make a general contribution towards the costs of new robes and music, or you can pay for a specific number of robes or sets of music. General donations will be acknowledged on a plaque in the Choir Room, whilst donations for complete sets of robes or music will also be acknowledged with appropriate labels.


Annual running costs

You can either make a general contribution or sponsor an individual chorister for a year or more. The basic annual cost of supporting a chorister is £250. If you choose to support a chorister throughout his time with the boys’ choir, which could be up to 6 years, then your name and the name of the chorister supported will be listed on plaque which will be displayed in the Choir Room.


Special events

All current supporters of the Reading Minster Choral Foundation will be invited to special events, both musical and social.


How to make a donation

If you would like to sponsor a chorister, buy a set or music or robes or make a one-off donation you can do so by sending a cheque (made payable to Reading Minster Choral Foundation) to: St. Mary’s Church House, Chain Street, Reading, RG1 2HX


Gift Aid

If you are a UK tax payer then your donation will benefit from Gift Aid. This means that for every £1 you donate, we can claim back an extra 25 pence from the Inland Revenue. This will significantly increase the size of your donation.