As many of you already know, my professional commitments will be taking me to the south of England from September.
Although I will not be 'selling up' in Newcastle and I plan to return to the north east regularly, I do not feel it is fair on anyone for me to try to continue to run the Schola whilst spending the majority of my time in London.
I am very proud to have been involved in founding the Schola in 1993 and to have been its director for 15 years. I am enormously grateful to the many singers who have supported me over the years and for the wonderful opportunities I have had for 'bringing the Chant' to so many places in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.
Brinkburn Priory has always been a special place for me and for the Schola. We sang at the very first Brinkburn Festival and we have sung at the annual Mass that has been held there for more than ten years now. This year's Mass on Saturday 20 September therefore seems to be an ideal occasion for my farewell as Director of the Schola.
For the future Dorothy Allen has kindly agreed to act as contact and co-ordinator for the Schola. Dorothy can be contacted by email (Missdallen@aol.com). The regular commitments for Sung Masses: first Sunday of the month at Longbenton and third Sunday of the month at Gateshead will continue.