Become a Chorister
There are vacancies in our choir for boys and girls from the age of seven to train as choristers. You don’t need to have any previous musical experience as we will give you musical and vocal training.
What will you sing?
Everything: from some of the earliest music ever written to music by living composers; from classical music to spirituals, gospel and pop
When will you sing?
Choristers sing at Church every Sunday morning. There are also special services at Christmas and Easter and occasionally other times during the year when there may be Sunday evening or weekday services. Sometimes we sing at weddings. We also perform in concerts and sing to raise money for charity. We have some holiday during the year – after Christmas and Easter and during the summer holiday.
What do I need to do?
- Sing at Church on Sunday mornings. The monthly pattern of services is:
- First Sunday of each month 09:30
- Second Sunday 09:30
- Third Sunday 09:30
- Fourth Sunday 10:00
- Come to Choir Practice on Friday evenings in Great Oakley:
- 18:15 – 18:45 (Choristers only)
- 18:45-19:15 (Full church choir)
- 19:15-20:15 (Church and community choir) – optional for younger singers
- Come to Voice for Life training on Fourth Sundays at 09:00
What are the benefits of being a Chorister?
It’s a commitment to be a member of a busy choir but there are many benefits:
- You will sing really great choral music.
- You will get musical training and learn to read music.
- You will sing with an experienced adult choir.
- You can take part in performances of big choral works and at special occasions.
- You can play a key role in other projects such as choir festivals or recording a CD.
- You will give joy to others who value enormously the contribution that choristers make to services at All Saints.
Through becoming a chorister you will make friends with young people who enjoy singing too. We also have some choir social events during the year including a summer barbecue.
In addition to the social side of singing in a choir you will be able to gain recognised awards in choral singing. You will also gain valuable life skills such as teamwork, commitment, and performing and behaving in public.
Voice for Life
‘Voice for Life’ is a graded scheme from the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) which is delivered and assessed by the choir director. Certificates, lapel badges and choir medals are awarded at each level. (In addition, Bronze, Silver and Gold awards may be taken which are externally assessed.)
How do I join?
Joining the choir is easy. We just ask you to sing a few notes, do some clapping and to read some text that we will give you. You must be able to sing in tune but being able to read well is also very important at this stage. If you can do these then you can join us at Choir practice and on Sunday mornings.
Information for parents
Choristers make a commitment to their role. They also develop great skills and make good friends. A church choir is unlike any other choir in that it produces new music to performance standard week after week for services. Choristers soon develop the ability to learn quickly and make the most of their time. These musicals skills can also positively affect other aspects of the chorister’s life. Some of our choristers have also gone on to successfully take formal singing lessons and pass singing examinations through the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
Children gain huge benefits by being members of a choir that operates, as we do, at a high standard and is committed to providing good quality music for the Church.
For children who learn musical instruments and take examinations, those who sing regularly do far better in the “aural” test in these exams, (particularly at the higher grades) than those who don’t.
Our scheme is free of charge for Choristers, however voluntary donations are welcome!
If you would like to find out more, your child would like to join or if you have any questions at all, please do contact me:
Julie Harmer, B.Mus (Hons), LRSM
(Choir director, All Saints Church, Great Oakley)