Membership Information

Eligibility

Membership is open to boys and girls from the age of 8 upwards and to adult singers of any age.

Practice Times

Choir practices are held weekly at the following times:-

Monday 7:00 – 8:00pmYoung choristers
Monday 7:30 – 9:00pmAdults

Service Times

Sunday 10:00 – 11:15amParish Communion
Sunday 5:30 – 6:30pmChoral Evensong (optional for junior choristers)

Costs & Rewards

Membership of the choir is entirely free of charge. All robes, books and music are provided by the church. Our social events are generally free of charge, or heavily subsidised, for school-aged choristers.

All of our junior choristers, up to the age of 18 while still in full-time education, receive quarterly payments under our choir reward scheme. The amount due to each chorister is dependant upon their grade within the choir and their level of attendance over the course of the 3-month payment period. Members receive marks for each attendance, both at practices and services, and can also earn bonus marks for singing particularly well or other helpful behaviour.

Child Protection

St. Mary’s Church takes its responsibilities for child protection very seriously. The Director of Music, and all other church officers that work with children, are DBS checked. Three of the adult ladies in the choir are also DBS checked and act as choir chaperones. At least two DBS checked adults are present at all times.

How to join

New children, for our treble section, can join at any practice. Please arrive around 5 minutes early (6:55pm) to allow time for books etc. to be allocated. No audition or voice test is needed for junior members joining the choir. Although not essential, it is both advisable and preferable to telephone or email the Director of Music in advance to confirm that normal practice arrangements apply on the day in question. The Director of Music is also happy to meet the parents of prospective new choristers in advance where they will have to opportunity to ask any questions that they have.

Adults interested in joining the choir in any voice part should contact the Director of Music in the first instance.

Calendar

May 2022

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • Holy Communion
  • All Age Service and Baptism of Evelyn Morton
  • Baptism of Archie Gardner
  • Choral Evensong
2
  • Morning Prayer
  • Mother's Union Afternoon Group (1st Monday only)
  • Evening Prayer
  • Choir Practise
3
  • Morning Prayer
  • MU Coporate Communion
  • Evening Prayer
  • Bell Ringers' Practice
4
  • Open the Book
  • Morning Prayer
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
5
  • Morning Prayer
  • Holy Communion
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
6
  • Morning Prayer
  • Church Flowers
  • Evening Prayer
7
  • Marriage of Gregory Gannon and Harriet Gallagher
8
  • Holy Communion
  • Parish Communion
  • Taize Service
9
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Choir Practise
  • MU House Group
10
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Bell Ringers' Practice
11
  • Open the Book
  • Morning Prayer
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
12
  • Morning Prayer
  • Holy Communion
  • Open the Book
  • Visiting Bell Ringers
  • Evening Prayer
13
  • Morning Prayer
  • Church Flowers
  • Evening Prayer
14
  • Holy Dusters
15
  • Holy Communion
  • Breaking of Bread
  • Choral Evensong
16
  • Morning Prayer
  • Bible Study Group
  • Evening Prayer
  • Choir Practise
17
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Bell Ringers' Practice
18
  • Open the Book
  • Morning Prayer
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
19
  • Morning Prayer
  • Holy Communion
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
20
  • Morning Prayer
  • Church Flowers
  • Evening Prayer
21
22
  • Holy Communion
  • Parish Communion
  • Prayer and Praise
23
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Choir Practise
24
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Bell Ringers' Practice
25
  • Open the Book
  • Morning Prayer
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
26
  • Morning Prayer
  • Holy Communion
  • Open the Book
  • Evening Prayer
27
  • Morning Prayer
  • Church Flowers
  • Memory Lane Service
  • Evening Prayer
28
  • Holy Dusters
  • Marriage of Liam Beames and Anna Hayward
29
  • Holy Communion
  • Parish Communion
  • Baptism of Jade Hodgson
  • Full Choral Evensong
30
  • Morning Prayer
  • Funeral of the late Graham Briggs RIP
  • Evening Prayer
  • Choir Practise
31
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Bell Ringers' Practice