Save Sheffield Cathedral Choir is aware that Peter Bradley, Dean of Sheffield Cathedral, announced his resignation this morning during the Sunday Eucharist. Members of Save Sheffield Cathedral Choir wish Peter well. We will continue to work with the Cathedral's leadership to restore the choir.
On 22 July 2020, and in the middle of a global pandemic, the Dean and Chapter of Sheffield Cathedral announced its decision to close the Cathedral Choir.
As former musicians of Sheffield Cathedral, we were shocked and saddened at this decision and came together to consider our response. The collective, Save Sheffield Cathedral Choir, was established.
We had three central objectives. First, to correct the record which set out a confused and illogical rationale for closing the Cathedral Choir. Second, to put forward our views on how the Cathedral could move forward from this situation. Third, to challenge the divisive narrative which clearly set out to pit clergy against musicians.
Our goal, as indicated by our name, was to save Sheffield Cathedral Choir.
Today marks an important step towards achieving that goal. As the cathedral now looks to the future, so do we. We have all served the Cathedral under the leadership of Peter Bradley and recognise the dedicated service he has given to the Cathedral and the city.
We reaffirm our commitment to saving Sheffield Cathedral Choir. We are grateful to those who have patiently engaged with our campaign. And, in the spirit of inclusive dialogue, we offer our combined musical expertise as new cathedral leadership looks to renew choral worship and restore music-making at the heart of Sheffield Cathedral’s mission.