St Michael’s has one of the finest choirs in the area. We’re here to enhance the worship at St Michael’s by leading the congregation in hymns and service settings, and singing a wide range of choral music. Have a look at our music lists to see what we do!
We sing every Sunday morning (other than holiday periods), and choral evensong normally twice a month. Younger singers (usually from school year 3 (age 7)) have a reduced commitment, singing at least two services a month during term time and at Christmas. Membership offers children a thorough vocal and musical education.
Pattern of services
Regular choral services at St Michael’s
|First Sunday of the month||Second Sunday of the month||Third Sunday of the month||Fourth Sunday of the month||Fifth Sunday of the month|
|All-age Eucharist*||Sung Eucharist||Sung Eucharist*||Choral Eucharist||Sung Eucharist|
|–||Choral evensong||–||Choral evensong||–|
|* services which younger singers are expected to attend|
We rehearse on Wednesdays from 7.30–9.00 (7.00–8.15 for younger singers) and before services. The choir doesn’t sing at St Michael’s immediately after Christmas and Easter, or during the school summer holiday.
We are always keen to hear from potential new members. If you are the parent of a child that might like to join, there is a separate page of information here.
For adults, being part of the choir with all its cathedral visits, social aspects and regular high quality music-making is immensely rewarding. The regular commitment is Wednesdays (7.30pm–9pm) and Sunday mornings (9.30am–11.15am), plus two Sunday evenings a month (5.45pm-7.30pm). There is a great deal of flexibility to accommodate different working patterns, exam periods, university terms etc.
We welcome students, whether at college or university. St Michael’s Music Association has made some funds available to provide modest scholarships (choral and organ) to help students with their studies.
New adult members (of all ages) need to have strong music reading skills, but previous choir experience or fluent sight-reading isn’t essential. We don’t audition, but once you’ve settled in there will be an informal voice test to make sure everything’s alright. Given the large commitment, we are very happy for you to come and check us out before committing.
If you’re interested, please email the Director of Music