Choirs 

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Choir rehearsing for our Advent carol service. Click here for more photos.

Choir Schedules  and Monthly Music Sheets

Choir Schedules:  Summer 2022: Adults and Choral Scholars and Juniors

Choir tick list: click here

Monthly Music Sheets: These can be found on the Music News page.

Choir Resources - For members of our choir

 

Choir

Oli King-organ
Oli King - Director of Music & Organist
music@stmaryssaffronwalden.org
 

The main function of the choir is to sing at services at St. Mary’s Church but several concerts are given each year, either in aid of a charity or music funds. Currently there are about 40 adults and 18 juniors. The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and all choir members have the opportunity to receive musical training following the RSCM ribbon awards scheme. The choir marked its 20th anniversary in 2006. We are always happy to welcome new members, both junior and adult, but particularly at present to the tenor line. Adults practise on Friday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00pm.

As well as singing and playing at St. Mary’s, the choir also gives concerts in other churches and the choir sings evensong once or twice a year in a cathedral. Recent cathedral visits have been to Salisbury, St. Albans, Canterbury, Coventry, Peterborough, Norwich, Lincoln, Southwark, Chelmsford and Leicester.

If you would like to get in touch please email: music@stmaryssaffronwalden.org

Choral Scholars

These scholarships are worth £40 per term, subject to satisfactory commitment and a specified minimum level of attendance. They are open both to choristers moving up from the Junior Choir and to new entrants, under 18 years old in full-time education, and the title will be awarded after a probationary period of three months.

Oli King, Director of Music, will be happy to talk with any teenager who is interested in becoming a ‘Choral Scholar’.

Once a term they also take part in a service, where Choral Scholars and Junior Choristers lead the worship.

If you would like to get in touch please email: music@stmaryssaffronwalden.org

SMMA Junior Recruitment poster

Junior Choir


We have a strong junior choir with up to 20 junior members. The choir sings at three or four Sunday services a month (either a morning service or evensong) and at some weddings on Saturdays.  There are also occasional concerts and visits to cathedrals.  Children have their own social programme as well.

Rehearsals are held on Wednesday and Friday evenings.  The juniors are paid for practices and services. Once new members are confident enough they are asked to sing with the choir on Sundays. The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and the juniors work through the ribbon tests to attain seniority, which is reflected in the remuneration that they receive. [see The Diocese of Chelmsford – Music – Dean’s & Bishops’ Chorister Award and The Royal School of Church Music ]

If you would like to get in touch please email: music@stmaryssaffronwalden.org

Joyful Noise

 

We welcome you to join our youngest singing group. Do you love singing? Would you like to have fun and make new friends?

Come and join our singing group ‘Joyful Noise’ at the Parish Rooms, St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden – Fridays 4.00-4.45pm during term time. Open to all children in school years 1-3.

Play musical games, handbells and percussion, sing action songs and rounds, and songs from around the world. No charge, but donations welcome.

For more details, contact Lizzie Bennett joyfulnoise.saffronwalden@gmail.com

Bursaries and Scholarships

Choral Scholars
These scholarships are worth £40 per term, subject to satisfactory commitment and a specified minimum level of attendance. They are open both to choristers moving up from the Junior Choir and to new entrants, under 18 years old in full-time education, and the title will be awarded after a probationary period of three months. Oli King, Director of Music, will be happy to talk with any teenager who is interested in becoming a ‘Choral Scholar’. Contact Oli King –  email: music@stmaryssaffronwalden.org

Organ Scholarship
Each summer we aim to appoint a Michael Swindlehurst Organ Scholar to start working with us in the early autumn. The closing date for applications is usually the end of June, with auditions and interviews in mid July. The scholarship is worth £752 plus lessons. If you know of anyone who might be interested, further details can be obtained from Oli King, email domstmaryssw@gmail.com  See our organ page for more information.