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Choir fees row cited in Llandaff Dean resignation

17 May 2013

Dean Henderson shortly after her appointment
Dean Henderson shortly after her appointment

The shock resignation of the first woman Dean of Llandaff, the Rev Janet Henderson, after only two months in post, has been accompanied by an official wall of silence regarding the reasons.

But a source told the Wales Online website that, 'The Dean has been affected by the opposition she has had from some clergy who object to the fact that a woman was appointed.'

The source went on to speculate that, 'The fees row relating to Songs of Praise may have been the last straw.'

The Llandaff Cathedral editions of Songs of Praise are produced by Cardiff-based independent TV production company Avanti. Responding to the allegation that the lay clerks were being underpaid, Dean Henderson told Wales Online that the Cathedral was not interested in making money out of appearing on Songs of Praise, which she described as a 'low budget' programme.

But Adam Poole, Cathedral lay clerk for more than 10 years, responded that, 'Avanti is being paid £60,000 to make each of the three programmes – a total of £180,000. In these circumstances, a fee of just £110 to each lay clerk is even more unacceptable.'

A spokeswoman for the BBC said: 'The independent production company are still in discussion with the Cathedral about the choir’s involvement and the fees involved that will be in line with agreed industry rates.'

Lindsay Thomson

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