“Here is an inspiring and imaginative scheme which is reaping real benefits for church music and for young people in this locality and beyond. It deserves our generous support.” John Rutter
Music at St Michael’s exists to promote all forms of music using the people, instruments and acoustics of this beautiful and ancient church. We also want to encourage and support young people to realise their full musical potential, particularly as choral singers and organists.
To this end we offer five scholarships, in choral singing (4) and organ playing (1), for young people between the ages of 16 and 19. Each scholarship is worth £500 per annum and scholars are encouraged to use at least part of this to further their musical education. As well as our music scholarships, we offer well promoted performance opportunities to young people, both as individuals and groups.
We have organised choral singing workshops with celebrated contemporary composers John Rutter and Bob Chilcott. Concerts have included a solo violin recital by Abigail Davis, a former St Michael’s chorister now studying violin at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a concert by “Cantores Michaelis”, a group of former choral scholars from the University of Southampton, including one of our own former choristers.
Music at St Michael’s funds its activities primarily from membership subscriptions supplemented by profits from high profile concerts: in 2009 a concert by trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins.
Building on tradition
St Michael’s is proud of its well-established tradition of choral music. Former choristers have gone on to sing with some of the bestuniversity and cathedral choirs. One of our choral scholars, Madeleine Roy, has been awarded a choral scholarship to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, and a former organ scholar, Alex Jones, is now studying organ at Cheetham’s School of Music and Manchester Cathedral.
St Michael’s Church Choir is one of the largest in the area and its young people are drawn from schools throughout Bishop’s Stortford and the surrounding area.
Members receive a regular newsletter and advance publicity of concerts and events. Privileges include priority seating for concerts, the opportunity to meet the performers and, for some events, discounted rates on admission.
Other events are arranged specifically for members, their familiaes and friends, and give the beneficiaries of the scheme the opportunity to thank our members for their support.
Membership is available on an individual or family basis.
If you would like to support the work of Music at St Michael’s, please complete the attached form.