Our choristers follow the RSCM’s Voice for Life training scheme. Rachel Harper (St Michael’s acting Director of Music) is an experienced teacher with comprehensive knowledge of the Voice for Life programme. She’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 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! Our routine is much more manageable, but after a trial period we do expect our members to be committed to attending practice every week unless it’s absolutely unavoidable.
Our normal routine is:
– Choir practice: Wednesdays 6.55 – 7.45
– Sunday morning service (including rehearsal): 9.30 – 11.15 (first and third Sunday of each month only)
– Occasional services like weddings (paid!)
– Occasional concerts to raise funds etc
We don’t sing in the school holidays after Christmas and Easter, or at all in the summer holidays. There are no Wednesday practices during holidays or half-terms.