Our choristers follow the RSCM’s Voice for Life training scheme. Andrew Hanley (St Michael’s Director of Music) is an experienced teacher with comprehensive knowledge of choral music. He’s helped by a team of experienced choir members – some of whom also work professionally in music and teaching.
Everyone involved in training our younger singers is checked and supervised in accordance with the parish’s safeguarding policy
Is it a big commitment?
Compared to a cathedral choir, it’s really not a big commitment! After a trial period though, we do expect our members to attend practice every week if possible.
Our normal routine is:
– Choir practice: Wednesdays in term-time from 6.45 – 7.45pm
– One Sunday morning service per month (including rehearsal): 9.15 – 11.15 (usually first Sunday of each month during term-time)
Occasionally there are optional extra services, and events like weddings (for which choristers are paid!) We don’t sing in the school holidays after Christmas and Easter, or at all in the summer holidays, and there are no Wednesday practices for juniors during half-terms (though there usually is a Half-time Singing Day !).