Britain’s cathedral choirs are in danger of being phased out because of the cost of living crisis and a lack of diversity.
A new report for the Cathedral Music Trust found choirs are becoming more expensive to run.
It also called for wider participation in choirs and for churches to make more effort to ensure gender equality as well as socio-economic and ethnic diversity.
It linked the lack of diversity in cathedral music to the dwindling presence of music in schools.
The report said elite music should be on the same level as elite sport — as something to celebrate, not fear.
Premier Christian News reports more than 80% of those who took part in the research said getting younger generations involved is critical for the future of cathedral choirs.
They claimed the interest is high but opportunities are not being advertised and promoted.