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Information for prospective members

Please select either Adult Choir or Children's Choir
  • Adult Choir
  • The choir is a traditional, robed, Anglican Parish Church Choir. We sing four-part music, and are affiliated to the RSCM. We sing weekly on a Sunday morning, and at a Choral Evensong once a month. In addition, on special church days, we sing at an evening service - there are about eight of these a year.

    Rehearsals are on Friday nights (currently 7-8 pm), in the church.

    We get through a lot of music. In 2016, the adult choir sang 74 anthems, and led the congregation at 83 services in both the liturgical music, and in 212 hymns (28 of which had descants). It is an impressive tally, so prospective members either need to be able to sight-read decently well, or be an active learner: we have a 'reading club', and some of our members use online resources to help learn the music.

    Our expectation is that you will be able to attend regularly. You need to be committed, although the exact attendance may vary from person to person. The expectation would be at least 75% of rehearsals and services. Christmas and Easter are important!

    You would need to be able to indicate in advance your attendance for the month.

    Find out more, or join

    Come and try it: The best way to find out if the choir is for you is to suck it and see: phone or e-mail in advance, and come along to a Friday practice.

    Please try not to be late!
    The south half of the choir at a recent wedding
    The south half of the choir at a recent wedding

    Service times

    1. Sung Eucharist (every Sunday) : 09:30 service (we meet for a short rehearsal at 9am)
    2. Choral Evensong (once a month or so) : 17:00 (we meet earlier, usually at 4pm to prepare)
    3. Weekday Festivals Eucharists (about ten a year) : 19:00 (again we meet earlier - times vary)

    What our members say about why they are in the choir

    The choir is like a family to me. We’re all different backgrounds, but we have great fun together. I love singing - it’s uplifting, spiritually and emotionally, and a good aerobic workout, too!
    I enjoy it, and the contribution we makes to the worship at services
    We are a friendly lot, and enjoy singing
    I enjoy choral singing, learning a wealth of new music, improving my sight reading and gaining confidence
    It's my way of praising God and it always makes me feel good.
    I enjoy learning and singing. I am surprised, but it is fun.
    It is good to make a contribution to the life of All Saints.
    I love singing, and particularly enjoy the music.
    The cameraderie of the group, and the uplifting feeling you get while singing.
  • Children's Choir
  • Introduction

    The children’s choir, at Stamford All Saints’ Church, was re-established in September 2014. The choir has steadily grown in numbers over the first two years and there are currently sixteen members.
    The south half of the choir at a recent wedding
    Singing "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    The purpose of the choir is to lead the worship at the church. The choir is a traditional, robed, Anglican Parish Church Choir. We sing sacred music, and are affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music.
    The south half of the choir at a recent wedding
    Three new choristers
    There is also an adult choir at the church, and the two join together on special occasions.
    The south half of the choir at a recent wedding
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    ### Ages

    The intended age range is approx. 7-12 year olds: teenagers should be able to make the transition to the adult choir. There are currently thirteen members in years 3 to 7 (Key Stage 2 and 3). The intention is to increase that to about 16-20 members over the coming year.

    ### Dates and Times

    Rehearsals are every Friday, currently 6.00 - 7.00pm.
    Services are two or three times a month at the moment; about half of them are on Sunday mornings.

    See here for future rehearsal service dates in the coming few months.

    ### Commitment

    Being in a church choir is a responsibility. Our expectation is that you will be able to attend regularly. You need to be committed, although the exact attendance may vary from person to person. The expectation would be at least 75% of practices and services. Christmas and Easter are important periods for the choir, with a greater number of services.

    ![the choir](https://webdox.s3.amazonaws.com/sas/choir-photos/sas-childrens-choir-sep-2014-240.jpg)
    *The six founding members of our children's choir in 2014*

    ### Costs

    There are no membership fees or subscriptions: the choir is free to join and free to belong to.

    ### Vocal Training

    The choristers take part in the *Voice for Life* Training Scheme, operated by the national body for church choirs, the Royal School of Church Music, which leads to the award of choir medals on different coloured ribbons to show their level of expertise.

    The course helps young people develop their vocal skills, such as breathing and tone production, as well as reading music, and their knowledge of the choral repertoire.

    The training is run by the choir conductor, Fergus Black, Primary School teachers Suzanne Over and Clare Camp, and adult choir member Karen Baza. The course is like having free music lessons.

    ![Voice for Life trainers](https://webdox.s3.amazonaws.com/sas/choir-photos/voice-for-life-trainers-3-240.jpg)

    ![rscm](https://webdox.s3.amazonaws.com/sas/logos/rscm_colour_logo_110.png)
    ![voice for life](https://webdox.s3.amazonaws.com/sas/logos/rscm_voice_for_life_logo_110.png)



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