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Come & Sing - Notes from the Choir

Taking Part in A Great Tradition

This country is justly proud of a musical heritage which spans many centuries - a heritage due largely to the great tradition of choral music which exists in our Cathedrals and many of our Parish Churches, where a high musical standard is achieved through training given in the choir. We aim to maintain this tradition at St. Etheldreda’s, and to provide the opportunity for this very special type of musical education.


Are There Any Rewards?
Choristers receive a professional training in music and vocal technique. At the same time there is the opportunity to make new friends and to work together in a happy environment towards a greater understanding and enjoyment of music.

All choristers under the age of eighteen are paid a small attendance allowance for services, and outings to concerts, shows and places of interest are organised.

I Would Like to Join but I Can’t Sing!
Total inability to sing is very rare and the smallest of vocal ranges can be extended with careful tuition. Singing regularly with our choir will develop all stages of vocal ability.

What Commitment is Necessary?
Choristers are expected to arrive punctually at 8.45am on Sunday morning for a warm-up session before the morning service at 9.30am. Following the service there is a good half-hour break with refreshment before the main weekly choir practice begins. The practice finishes at midday. Very young choristers may be collected earlier by arrangement. (On the first Sunday of each month the full rehearsal takes place before the 11.00am service, beginning promptly at 9.15am, with a good break before the service. Choristers are free to go home around midday.)

During the year there are a few extra services on special feast days for which one or two extra rehearsals are arranged.

What is the Age Range?
We welcome children into the choir from around seven years old if their concentration is good and reading words is not a problem.

Adults are particularly welcome and family participation can be fun.

Are there any Educational Advantages?
The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and the Junior Choir follows the “A Voice for Life” scheme. Ribbons of different colours are awarded according to increasing ability; Light Blue, Dark Blue and Red, and preparation for these is invaluable help with the “Grade” examinations of the music boards. Choristers may take part in events organised by the RSCM both locally and nationally.
The choir periodically has the opportunity to help to lead the singing at special services at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

How Do I Join?
Contact the director of music and arrange to meet [perhaps after a service]. You do not have to live in the parish.

A short, informal audition is required. If you know a song, bring it along.

For further information please contact:
Mrs Ursula Chapple GGSM, ARCM
Tel: 020 7736 5722

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