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Carlisle Cathedral Old Choristers Association

Carlisle Cathedral Old Choristers Association

CCOCA was founded in 1906 with the encouragement of the acting Master of the Music, Mr (later Sir) Sydney Nicholson, who went on to found the forerunner of the Royal School of Church Music.

The purpose of CCOCA was to provide a means for former choristers to stay in contact after leaving the Choir. It was felt that the meeting and working together daily for three or four, or in some cases as many as eight years, built up a strong bond between the boys, especially as there was a choir school in those days. The Association holds a re-union annually, normally in July. In 2016 this was on 17 July, beginning with Evensong at 3 o’clock.

We are affiliated to the Federation of Cathedral Old Choristers’ Associations. FCOCA holds an annual festival, which is a week-end event. They publish a magazine annually – Once a Chorister.

The difficulty in keeping in contact in the 21st Century is mainly that people are more mobile, moving house more frequently than previously, leading to a loss of contact. Should any former choristers (boys and girls) wish to re-establish a relationship with CCOCA.