God’s work: Musicians recoil from Winchester Dean

God’s work: Musicians recoil from Winchester Dean

We have received outraged responses from musicians to a Facebook sermon by the Dean of Winchester, the Very Revd Catherine Ogle, in which promises that ‘choral music will be at the heart of all that we do.’

She acknowledges ‘that with significant staff changes at this time there is some anxiety among some people about the future direction of choral music at Winchester Cathedral.

She appears to mean the dismissal of the Director of Music under a vow of silence and the departure of other musicians.

The Dean now promises to ‘invest’ in restoring a full complement of musicians.

No mention is made of bullying allegations against the Precentor.

The kindest responses to the Dean’s speech so far are ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘complete BS’. But that may be a biased musical view.

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