Membership Information

Eligibility

Membership is open to boys and girls from the age of 8 upwards and to adult singers of any age. Whilst the Director of Music will always try to accommodate additional children into the choir, opportunities for adult singers may be dependant upon vacancies in the relevant voice parts. Adult singers may be required to audition prior to admittance to the choir.

Practice Times

Choir practices are held weekly at the following times:-

Friday 7:00 – 8:30pmTrebles & young sopranos
Friday 7:30 – 8:30pmAdults & lower parts

Service Times

Sunday 10:00 – 11:15amParish Communion
Sunday 6:30 – 7:30pmChoral 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 must contact the Director of Music in advance. Availability of places for adult singers can not be guaranteed as the Director of Music needs to take into consideration both the need to balance the parts and the physical limitations of space in the choir stalls. Adult singers may be required to undergo a simple voice appraisal before joining the choir.

Calendar

September 2020

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • Morning Prayer
  • Interment of the late John Brown RIP
  • Evening Prayer
2
  • Morning Prayer
  • Funeral of the late Albert Cleevely RIP
  • Evening Prayer
3
  • Morning Prayer
  • Little Fishes
  • Holy Communion
  • Evening Prayer
4
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
5
  • Baptism of Cynthia Drinkwater
6
  • Parish Communion
  • Evening Prayer
7
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
8
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
9
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
10
  • Morning Prayer
  • Little Fishes
  • Holy Communion
  • Evening Prayer
11
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
12
  • Marriage of Nathan Collison and Brooke Andersen
13
  • Parish Communion
  • Baptism of Jenson Clark
  • Evening Prayer
14
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
15
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
16
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
17
  • Morning Prayer
  • Interment of the late Alan Baimbridge RIP
  • Little Fishes via Zoom
  • Holy Communion
  • Evening Prayer
18
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
19
20
  • Live Streaming of the Ordination Service from Gloucester Catherdral
  • Parish Communion
21
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
22
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
23
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
  • Weddings and Baptism Enquires
24
  • Morning Prayer
  • Little Fishes via Zoom
  • Holy Communion
  • Evening Prayer
25
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
26
  • Bellringers' Annual Outing
  • Holy Dusters'
27
  • Harvest Thanksgiving with Holy Communion
  • Evening Prayer
28
  • Morning Prayer
  • Funeral of the late Betty Adams RIP
  • Evening Prayer
29
  • Morning Prayer
  • Evening Prayer
30
  • Morning Prayer
  • Interment of the late Ellen Stewart RIP
  • Evening Prayer
  • Wedding and Baptism Enquiries

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