Whilst there is no audition or requirement to be able to sing at sight, the ability to read music would be an advantage and members should be prepared to sing a part appropriate to their vocal range. Training will be provided for any teenagers or adults wishing to follow the awards training and assessment scheme run by the Royal School of Church Music. We do ask for people to commit to attending practices and services regularly but are prepared for singers to commit to either morning or evening services only. We are keen to recruit new singers in all voice parts to its ranks.
The Director of Music would be particularly pleased to hear from younger singers who may be thinking about choral scholarships at university, including boys whose voices have broken and girls ages 14 years and older. Experience gained in a church choir can also be useful in other musical activities, especially the aural tests in instrumental exams.
Normal Pattern of Services
Many different styles of music are sung by the choir at St Nicholas’. A flavour of these may be observed from the normal pattern of monthly services:
|1st|| All Age Worship
| Holy Communion (CW)
Hymns, Worship Songs
|2nd|| Parish Communion (CW)
| Evensong and Sermon (BCP)
(Psalms and canticles)
Preces and Responses
|3rd||Parish Communion (CW)||‘Watch’ Service – contemporary worship songs , reflection on the Word, prayers|
|4th||Parish Communion (CW)||Evensong and Sermon (BCP)|
|5th||Parish Communion (CW)|| Special Services
Including Choral Evensong (BCP): Hymns, Canticles, Preces and Responses, Psalms, Anthems