THE CHOIR OF ST. COLUMB’S CATHEDRAL
An Excellent Opportunity for Young Singers
Being a Cathedral Chorister carries many benefits:
A free, first-
Experience being a valued member of a team
The chance to sing at special opportunities (e.g. TV and Radio broadcasts)
Improved confidence/performance skills
Improved reading & writing skills
Opportunities to learn to play the piano/organ.
Who Can Join?
Membership of the Cathedral Choir is open to any boy aged 7—11. The Choir has always included members from a variety of Christian denominations. A keen interest in music is an obvious ‘must’. Boys are taught to sing from scratch — no experience is necessary.
Is it a big commitment?
Yes, and no. The Cathedral Choir sings 6 choral services each month during School term. To ensure a high standard, boys rehearse at the following times:
Thursdays & Fridays: 4:30—5.30pm Sundays: 1hr before services
This may seem a little daunting, but, in practice, boys soon take to this schedule in their stride. They also take great pride in rehearsing and performing to a high standard.
Who is in charge?
The Cathedral appoints a professional musician to train the Choir. In addition, a number of visiting tutors also hold regular workshops at the Cathedral, among them Dr Martin Neary (ex. Westminster Abbey) and visiting international recitalists of the calibre of David Briggs and Kevin Bowyer. The boys are supervised in accordance with current Church of Ireland Safeguarding Trust guidelines.
How much does it cost?
Membership is free. Yes, choristers are paid a small amount each month (up to £10/£15 for senior choristers). Additional services (e.g.) weddings also carry a fee of around £15 for each chorister. There are also bonuses at Easter and Christmas.
What’s the next step?
We would love to invite your son to come along to one of our rehearsals. Please contact The Assistant Organist: Nicky Morton: 07858097290 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Boy Choristers are entering into the spirit of Christmas at our very successful Christmas Tree Festival of 2016.
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