Choirs

Choristers
St Nicholas has a long-standing musical tradition, and is one of the few local parish churches to maintain a children’s choir to provide music for our worship.

Membership is open to boys and girls from age 7 upwards (although they can join at any age!), and we welcome new members at any time during the year. Choristers sing for three Sunday morning services each month during school term time, with older choristers also singing some Sunday evenings, and for special services throughout the year including our annual candlelit Christmas Carol Service. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons during school term times.

In return for their commitment, Choristers receive free singing lessons and music theory education, working towards the awards of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM), to which the Choir is affiliated, and also receive a small payment for attending services.

As well as teaching music, membership of the choir inspires teamwork, dedication and responsibility. It’s also fun! We usually have an annual trip to sing at a Cathedral, together with social events and days out together throughout the year. Former choristers from St Nicholas have gone on to sing at cathedrals and universities in other parts of the country, and to success in music and non-music careers – all agree that their time in the choir equips them for challenges in later life.

Admission is via a brief aptitude test, and applications are welcome at any time – please contact our Director of Music, Tim Blyth, for an informal chat via the Parish Office on 01692 408971 or contact us via the website form.

Adults
Our robed adult choir, the St Nicholas Voices, meets every Thursday evening during term time, and sings regularly for morning and some evening services throughout the year, including our atmospheric candlelit Christmas Carol Services and for choral Evensong, together with at least one concert each year. We don’t audition, although an ability to read music is helpful – as is a sense of humour! We sing a full range of music from ancient to modern, with some fun secular music thrown in.
Please contact us for more details of any of our choirs.

     

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