Endow a Day of Music
There has been a choir at the Cathedral for over 1,000 years and since the 18th century, the Cathedral has been famous for its part in the annual Three Choirs Festival, the oldest choral festival in existence where composers such as Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Delius premiered their compositions. Today, the Cathedral choir sings the daily services, concerts and radio broadcasts, maintaining and developing the tradition of choral music at Worcester Cathedral to a professional standard with a broad repertoire spanning many centuries. The Voluntary Choir, founded in 1874, is unique among English Cathedrals, and the Chamber choir takes part in a wide variety of concerts throughout the year. We train choristers and offer choral and organ scholarships for young musicians at the beginning of their careers, and the Cathedral is at the forefront of the current renaissance in bell ringing and is home to the world’s first bell ringing purpose-built Teaching Centre.
At a cost of nearly £300,000 per year, Worcester Cathedral has established a Music Endowment to provide an income to support the cost to help ensure the future of this unique choral tradition. A day in the musical year of Worcester Cathedral may be endowed in perpetuity for £10,000 and dedicated to a loved one, in appreciation of a person/people, or in celebration of an event. Your dedication is recorded in a Commemorative Endow a Day of Music book, and held on permanent display in the Cathedral. You will also receive a certificate containing your personal dedication. Each year, we invite you to attend your day of music and it is announced to the congregation during the evening service.
Please click here for the Endow a Day of Music leaflet and donation form. To discuss your gift, please telephone us on 01905 732912 or email: email@example.com
Making a tax efficient gift to Worcester Cathedral
Donations by individuals to Worcester Cathedral are tax free and gifts can be spread over a number of years. Donating through Gift Aid means that the Cathedral can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It won’t cost you any extra and all you have to do is complete the Gift Aid Declaration and return it to us. If you pay tax at the higher or additional rate, you can claim the difference between the rate you pay and basic rate on your donation.
A Gift Aided pledge totalling £8,000 made over a number of years would be worth £10,000 to the Cathedral. Donors paying 40% tax can then personally claim back £2,000 on their gift.
You can make a gift or set up a Direct Debit to the Cathedral safely and securely online using the JustGiving website. You can also donate by texting WORC01 £(amount) to 70070. A text acknowledgement will give a link to Gift Aid.
You do not have to pay tax on land, property or shares you donate to Worcester Cathedral and you get tax relief on Capital Gains Tax and Income Tax.
A gift in your Will to Worcester Cathedral is free from inheritance tax and may reduce your inheritance tax rate if more than 10% of your estate is left to charity. You can donate a fixed amount, an item or specific gift, such as property or shares, or what is left after other gifts have been given out.