St Mary Redcliffe Choirs
St Mary Redcliffe Choir is made up of two independent treble lines; boys (aged 7-14) and girls (aged 9-16) who sing with the altos, tenors and basses. There is an equal division of duties between the boys and girls. The choir sings together to form a ‘Great Choir’ at Christmas, Easter, Patronal Festival (September) and at the end of the academic year. The repertoire is broad and spans 500 years, from Tallis and Byrd through to Howells and Tavener.
The girls and boys come from a wide variety of schools, state and independent. The Director of Music is always keen to welcome new recruits to the choir. There are usually about 18 boys and 18 girls in the choir, although this number can vary from year to year. Instrumental Scholarships of £400 pa are available for 10 boy and 10 girl choristers who have been singing for 6 months or more.
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New boys attend the Tuesday evening practice; the commitment builds up over a period of several months to the full schedule which includes the Friday evening rehearsal and some Sunday services. New girls attend the after school practice on a Thursday from 4.15-5.45pm during term time. Initially, new girls attend from 4.15-5pm in the first month or so. There is some flexibility in these arrangements although all new prospective chorister parents need to be aware of the full commitment needed to enable the choir to perform to high standards. During practices, there is vocal coaching in small groups to develop the young voices and give basic tuition in music theory.
The lower voices in the choir who sing alto, tenor and bass, include teenagers, students from the universities, graduates, those in full time work, and those who have recently retired. Four Student Choral Scholarships worth up to £1000 p.a. are offered for two altos (male or female), tenor and bass. For those interested in depping, standard rates of payment are available (£30 Sunday morning; £20 Evensong)
Most of our choir members are amateurs, giving their music making a distinctive quality, whilst in no way reducing their commitment to high standards of excellence.
The choir undertakes an annual summer cathedral tour to sing the services: in recent years we have sung in Hereford, Lincoln, Oxford, Durham, Truro, Liverpool, Ely, Chichester, Lincoln, York and Salisbury Cathedrals. There are also regular occasions when we combine with other choirs, and when concerts are given at other venues. We have undertaken a number of CD recordings in the past ten years.
There are a number of social events for the choir. A highlight of the choir calendar for the boys and girls (in alternate years) is the weekend trip to Longleat Centerparcs, where they enjoy time together in leisure activities.
Please contact The Director of Music, Mr Andrew Kirk if you would like to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org