THE ASSOCIATION OF
CATHEDRAL VOLUNTARY CHOIRS
Rochester was represented at the meeting at Wells Cathedral in 1996 which resulted in the formation of this body, and was therefore a founder-member of the Association. Its first sesquiennial festival was held at Wells Cathedral the following year.
We and 200+ other singers from nine similar choirs attended the ACVC Festival at Guildford in October 1998, which was reviewed by Ruth Gledhill in her column “At Your Service” in The Times.
Some of our members took part in the festivals at Chester in 2000 and Worcester in 2001, and a large contingent from Rochester joined in the May 2003 Festival at Exeter Cathedral, where an excellent time was had by all.
Rochester hosted the ACVC Festival over the weekend of 30-31 October 2004 as part of the celebrations for the 1400th anniversary of the foundation of this Cathedral and Diocese.
Since then we have taken part in the festivals at:
- Peterborough in May 2006;
- Derby in October 2007;
- Chelmsford in May 2009;
- Worcester in October 2010;
- Ely in May 2012;
- Derby again in March 2014;
- Lichfield Cathedral in July 2015.
The Festival returned to Wells (where it all started) for its 20th anniversary in October 2016.
The next ACVC Festival will be at Guildford in May 2018, and Rochester is to host it again in October 2019.
For more information about the Association of Cathedral Voluntary Choirs and its members, visit www.acvc.org.uk.