The Choristers of St Mary Magdalene (also known as the Junior Choir) is part of the Choral Foundation scheme beginning in September 2017. We will be looking for enthusiastic children who love to sing and would like to supplement their school education with a stimulating musical education.
The Junior Choir will be made up of boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16, and will sing in church services with the adult choir twice a month during term time. Additionally, choir rehearsals will be weekly during term time, 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 will run rehearsals and direct the music for services. Rehearsals and services will teach the Choristers a variety of music and styles, as well as vocal technique and music theory that will prove invaluable to their musical education. Choristers will also benefit from the strong sense of community at St Mary Magdalene, as well as gaining a natural self-confidence that comes from performing.
The commitment during term time will be as follows:
- Weekly rehearsals: Thursdays – 6:30pm-7:30pm
- First Sunday of the month: Morning Eucharist – 8:45am rehearsal, 9:30am-10:30am service
- Third Sunday of the month: Choral Evensong – 5:15pm 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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