Choir

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Information for Junior Choristers interested in joining our choir

Whether they are already playing instruments to a high standard or just love singing around the house, we welcome all children from 7 years old upwards to consider joining the choir.

Information for Junior Choristers interested in joining our choir

Whether they are already playing instruments to a high standard or just love singing around the house, we welcome all children from 7 years old upwards to consider joining the choir.
Heritage
St Michael’s Church has a fine musical heritage of which we are very proud and one which we are determined to preserve for the benefit of our own as well as future generations.
Our robed choir is an important part of this tradition and continues to thrive, although we are ever conscious of the need to evolve and to continue to recruit new boys, girls and adult choristers into the choir.

 
Benefits
For the trebles, free singing lessons are provided by our Director of Music under the auspices of the Voice for Life chorister training scheme devised by The Royal School of Church Music.
Many wider benefits come from an improved ability to read music and general musicianship particularly for those learning a musical instrument.
Singing in a choir is an immensely satisfying and enjoyable team activity for singers of all ages which is illustrated by our success in maintaining a full four-part choir.

Commitment
Joining any choir is a commitment and no less so than the commitment required for any other successful team activity be it football, hockey, Brownies or Scouts etc.
Choir practice is on Friday evenings during term time and all choristers are expected to attend as many of these as possible.
The commitment for new trebles is limited to Friday evening choir practices and attendance on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month for the 10am service, before which a short practice is held at 9.30am.
Friday night Rehearsals
6pm: Voice for Life/Singing lessons (on rotation)
6.20pm-7.20pm: Choristers Rehearsal
7.30pm-8pm: Full Choir Practice
2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
9.25am: Robe
9.30am: Rehearsal
10am: Parish Eucharist
Choir Pay (Trebles only)
Our trebles are paid for each service and practice they attend. The current scale of pay ranges from 60p per practice/service for probationers to over £2 for the Head Chorister. This is paid in cash at the beginning of each term (in arrears). Trebles are paid a flat rate of £5 for each wedding that they sing at – usually in the summer.
If you are interested in your child becoming a chorister, then please contact Richard Carr (music@saintmichaelweb.org.uk) 01279 647662

Choral Scholarships

St Michael’s Parish Church offers choral scholarships: there are four awards available, for soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices, and these are open to student singers of sixth-form age and above. Scholars receive a £500 bursary, payable in monthly arrears, along with support for singing tuition and other musical studies.

For more information and to apply, please contact the Director of Music, Richard Carr.