The Choristers of St Mary Magdalene (also known as the Junior Choir) 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 Junior Choir is be made up of boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16, and they sing in church services with the adult choir twice a month during term time. Choir rehearsals are be weekly during term time (Thursdays), with Choristers not expected, nor restricted from singing during major festivals and holy weeks.
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 uses the RSCM Voice for Life scheme, and encourages all members of the choir to participate in order to further their choral skills and musicianship.
The commitment during term time is as follows:
- Weekly rehearsals: Thursdays – 6:45pm-7:45pm
- First Sunday of the month: Morning Eucharist – 8:45am rehearsal, 9:30am-10:30am service
- Third Sunday of the month: Choral Evensong – 5:00pm rehearsal, 6:30pm-7:30pm 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).
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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.