Remember a Loved One - The Lichfield Cathedral Psalmathon 2011

Tue, 11/01/2011 - 10:41

 150 psalms…2 days…5 musical groups…and a LOT of stamina

This February for the first time in the Cathedral’s history, Lichfield will attempt to sing all 150 psalms over 2 days, as part of the fundraising effort for the East End Appeal. Particular psalms may be dedicated in memoriam or in celebration of a special event.

All of the choirs associated  with the Cathedral will sing through the entire psalter in as many musical guises as they can find, from plainchant, through Anglican chant, to responsorial psalmody and hymn paraphrases to favourite composed settings such as Allegri’s ‘Miserere’, Mozart’s Laudate Dominum and works by Elgar, Schubert and Vaughan Williams.

The event will take place on Friday 4th February 6.15pm until 10.45pm and on Saturday 5th February from 7am right through until 9pm. For details of the timetable and psalms available, please visit and click on Lichfield Cathedral Psalmathon.

In addition, there will be a free introduction to the Psalms of David and Q & A session, given by the author the Rev’d Canon Dr Pete Wilcox, Canon Chancellor of Lichfield Cathedral. This will take place at 12.30 on Saturday 5th February – there is no need to book.  

Patricia Collins, Director of Fundraising said of the event:

We are delighted that the Cathedral music community has chosen this innovative and uplifting approach to raising funds for essential work on the East End of the Cathedral, which provides the home for the beautiful Herkenrode Glass.  The whole project includes the work of stone masons, scaffolding, glaziers, specialist consultants, metal workers and conservators – all very skilled occupations.  We need to raise the balance of £880,000 this year to cover our commitment to restoring the Cathedral to its former glory for the benefit of the whole community and generations to come.

So can the choirs of Lichfield Cathedral manage to sing all 150 psalms? Come and hear for yourselves. There is access to the public throughout the 2 days.

The Cathedral needs your help so please consider sponsoring this event to help raise funds for East End Appeal. To sponsor a psalm, please complete one of the sponsorship forms located on the West End welcome desk at the back of the Cathedral (don’t forget to Gift Aid it!). Alternatively you can complete your details on line at or send a cheque to 2011 Psalmathon, Fundraising Officer, 19A The Close, Lichfield, STAFFS, WS13 7LD (please make cheques payable to ‘Lichfield Cathedral’).

For more details please contact Patricia Collins on 01543 306245 or email