Lucian Nethsingha

Organist and Master of the Choristers, 1972-1999

Lucian and Jane Nethsingha

It is very sad to report that Lucian Nethsingha died peacefully on Friday 12th February. Lucian was at a local hospice in Cambridge, but retained his sense of humour and optimism to the end. He had been watching Test Match Cricket on the day he died.

The Old Choristers Association expresses sincere condolences to his son and daughter, Andrew and Alison.

Many of us remember his time at Exeter as Organist and Master of the Choristers, from 1972 until his retirement in 1999. Happy memories will live on.

requiescat in pace

Photo: Jane and Lucian at the 2006 Centenary reunion at St Michael's Tenbury. [source: https://www.smcsociety.co.uk/reunion-2006/]


2019 reunionReunion - Easter 2021

Sadly, the reunion is cancelled for 2021, due to the ongoing pandemic.

Message from the ECOCA Chair, Charles Roberts - link.


New cathedral choir novel published


Photo: Emma Solley Photography, Exeter

Written and illustrated by a current chorister and his mother.

Every night, after the choir and visitors
leave the Cathedral, the lights are turned
out and the echo of closing doors
fades into darkness and peace ...

... until midnight, when, unknown to
the living world outside, the Cathedral
becomes aglow with candlelight and
the Midnight Choir sings
with pure, haunting voices.

Available through Amazon £6.46

Funds raised from the sale of the book will support Exeter Cathedral and Exeter Cathedral School.


More information about the book and James - pdf flyer

The novel is specifically written for/about people who love Exeter Cathedral Choir so much that they would like to sing there forever.  That really is the core of the book - the Midnight Choir has been singing for hundreds of years - a beautiful ghost choir for people who truly want to be members in perpetuity!

"a heart-warming story with an equally heart-warming backstory" - reader's comment