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Leicester Rotary Club helps local school choir to Oxford

The Rotary Club of Leicester was delighted to be able to support Schola Cantorum – a four-part liturgical choir of 35 students at English Martyrs’ School.

English Martyrs Catholic School is a coeducational Roman Catholic secondary school and sixth form located in Leicester, England. And the school choir includes a high proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The club donated to enable the choir to participate in a joint Choral Evensong with the cathedral choir at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, on Wednesday 23rd March 2022.

The Rotary Club is an active supporter of youth activities in Leicester and felt that it was important to support what was a fantastic opportunity for children from the Beaumont Leys area of Leicester to visit Oxford University.

During their visit, the children were able to tour the cathedral and its organ and song school, then meet and perform with the cathedral choristers.

Rtn Moira Bartlett, who accompanied the children on behalf of the Rotary Club, said that:

“The trip was a genuinely uplifting experience for the school children.”

The Rotary Club of Leicester is one of the oldest and largest Rotary Clubs in the United Kingdom, with over 50 members, drawn from men and women living in, or whose business or organisation serves, the City of Leicester.

“Thank you [to the Rotary Club of Leicester], for the financial support towards the trip to Oxford. …………our students benefited no end from the fabulous opportunity that it was to sing evensong, and get out of school into the big wide world!”

Mrs Asha Bishop | Head of Performing Arts | English Martyrs’ Catholic School