On a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon a large congregation stood outside the south side of Lincoln Cathedral, facing the house that until recently has been the Precentor’s home. Now transformed into the Song School, the building contains two rehearsal rooms, robing rooms, the music office, choir library and the necessary bits of plumbing. We watched as John Rutter spoke eloquently about the work of the music department then cut the ribbon and declared the Song School open. Evensong was then sung. Part of the funding was anonymously given in memory of our good friend Martin Pickering, several of whose former colleagues such as Christopher Robinson and David Lowe were in attendance. A memorable afternoon all round.