In pre-wat days the cheir of Si. Chad's Cathedral, Bath Street, Birmingham, had few equals throughout the country in the singing of Plain Chant. It often broedeast, and Mr. Basil Krauth, the Choir Dimetio, has letters front several parts ofthe world paying tribute to the fine quality of the singing.
Even during the war. and throughout the blitz, the music of the Cathedral went on uninterrupted, though the choir was reduced in size, for most of the boys were evacuated and many of the men sonic had been boys in the choir themselves — went into the Forces. Latterly, however, an almost pre-war quality, if not volume, has been attained on Sundays and festivals.
Mr. Krauth, in collahmation with Mgr. Roskell, the Administrator of the Cathedral, is now laying plaits not only to reeapiure the full musical tradition, hut to establish it on a firrnet basis. He is out in recruit a dozen Catholic boys with good voices and latent musical ability and to offer them a free secondary and musical education at once in return for their choral services; this in effete is the foundation of a choir school, which the Cathedral -now over 100 years old—hitherto has lacked. No doubt the numbers will he incleased when the present quota of altos reach " breaking point."