Choirs 

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Choir Schedules  and Monthly Music Sheets

Choir Schedules:   Schedule for Adults and Choral ScholarsSchedule for Junior Choir

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

Services at which the Choir will be singing in the coming fortnight:

(The choir takes a break during August each year)
Sunday 24th November 2019 10:00am
Sunday 1st December 2019 10:00am


Choir

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

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 5.15-6.00. 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 at our termly concerts.

For more details, contact Anne Cass - music@stmaryssaffronwalden.org

Bursaries and Scholarships

SMMA Bursary
The St Mary’s Music Association is offering up to £250 to support the musical training and education of a young musician in St Mary’s parish in full time education. It can be used for music lessons, training courses or sheet music but not for the purchase of a musical instrument or accessories. Preference will be given to applicants who use their skills in music-making at St Mary’s. Applications must be received by mid August each year and the bursary will run from September to August. For further details, conditions and/or application form, please contact the SMMA Chair, Bron Ferland:  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’. Contact Oli King –  email: music@stmaryssaffronwalden.org