Junior Choir

A unique musical education 

Our choir offers children the opportunity to be part of the centuries-old tradition of English church music that is envied the world over. Our choristers receive a thorough training in music, with free singing and music theory tuition.

Choristers gain experience singing alongside our adults both on ‘home turf’ at St Michael’s and on occasional visits to cathedrals and concerts. They sing music from around the world, covering over a thousand years from early chants to contemporary music by living composers.

Training

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

What does it cost?

Membership is absolutely free. Some of the trips we do will have an associated cost, but we try to subsidise these where possible, and we often get group rates.

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.

Who can join? 

Choristers are usually in school years 3–9 (age 7–14). Prior experience and musical skills are not necessary, and children do not need a religious background. We only look for enthusiasm and musical potential. After year 9, choristers normally rehearse and sing with the adult members of the choir (Wednesdays 7.30-9pm).

What’s the next step? 

If you’d like to discuss the choir further, come and see us on a Sunday or email us. We’re always very happy to have an informal chat with parents.