The Choristers of St Mary Magdalene is part of the Choral Foundation scheme that began in September 2017. We are always looking for enthusiastic children who love to sing and would like to supplement their school education with a stimulating musical education.
The Choristers consists of children between the ages of 8 and 18, and they sing in church services with the adult choir in all services where possible. Choir rehearsals are weekly during term time (Thursdays). Attendance is not compulsory, but a good level of committent is expected.
The main point of contact for the Choristers is the Director of Music, Alexander Knight, who runs rehearsals and directs the music for services. Rehearsals and services teach the Choristers a variety of music and styles, as well as vocal technique and music theory that prove invaluable to their musical education. Choristers also benefit from the strong sense of community at St Mary Magdalene, as well as gaining a natural self-confidence that comes from performing. St Mary Magdalene encourages the use of the RSCM Voice for Life scheme to all members of the choir to participate in order to further their choral skills and musicianship.
Upon becoming full Choristers, Choristers are entitled to receive payment based on attendance, competence (e.g. most improved singer, best attendance), and ability.
The commitment during term time is as follows:
Choir practice – Thursdays, weekly
Junior Choristers – 7:00pm-8:00pm
Choristers and Adult Choir – 7:30pm-9:00pm
Eucharist – 8:45am rehearsal, 9:30am service
Evensong – 5:00pm rehearsal, 6:30pm service
If you know of any children who would like to become a Chorister at St Mary Magdalene, please navigate to the Join page to find out about auditions and ability, or you can contact the Director of Music, Alexander Knight, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We take the Safeguarding of those in our care seriously.
Each church has ‘Parish Safeguarding Officers’ (PSO’s) – their contact details and a summary of our ‘Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults’ can also be found on the posters; available at all groups and on Church Notice Boards.
All volunteers are carefully recruited and are DBS’d where appropriate. Safeguarding training is regularly provided and we adhere to the guidelines of the Southwark Diocese, taken from the ‘Safe Church’ Document.