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.

February 2024

Sunday February 25

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Holy Communion
Recurs weekly
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Parish Communion
Recurs monthly
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Compline
Recurs monthly

Monday February 26

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Morning Prayer
Recurs weekly
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Evening Prayer
Recurs weekly
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Choir Practise
Recurs weekly

Tuesday February 27

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Morning Prayer
Recurs weekly
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Evening Prayer
Recurs weekly
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Bell Ringers' Practice
Recurs weekly

Wednesday February 28

8:50 am – 9:20 am
Open the Book
Recurs weekly
9:00 am – 9:30 am
Morning Prayer
Recurs weekly
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Open the Book
Recurs weekly
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Evening Prayer
Recurs weekly

Thursday February 29

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Morning Prayer
Recurs weekly
10:15 am – 12:15 pm
Little Fishes
Recurs weekly
10:30 am – 11:15 am
Open the Book
Recurs weekly
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Holy Communion
Recurs weekly
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Evening Prayer
Recurs weekly

March 2024

Friday March 1

9:00 am – 9:30 am
Morning Prayer
Recurs weekly
9:30 am – 11:00 am
Church Flowers
Recurs weekly
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Evening Prayer
Recurs weekly

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