The choir of St James helps to lead and support the worship of the church through music at the 10.00 Sunday service and on other special occasions. It is a mixed voice choir of thirty-five choristers, both adults and children. Its comprehensive library contains music of all periods and each week the choir sing an anthem at the Sunday Eucharist service. The choir has also sung evensong in Guildford Cathedral, St Albans Cathedral and Westminster Abbey on a number of occasions.
Choir practice is on Wednesday evenings in the church from 7.00 – 8.00 pm for young choristers and from 7.30 – 9.00 pm for adult choristers.
New Members are made very welcome and the choir is a very friendly group. If you interested in joining the choir please speak to the Director of Music, Lindsay Bridgwater, who can be contacted after the Sunday service or through the Parish Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children in the choir
Young people are very welcome to join the choir. Young choristers practice on Wednesday evenings in the church from 7.00 – 8 pm.
Voice for Life is the name of the training scheme run by the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) in which we participate. Young Choristers receive on-going training during Choir practice.
The first award is a white lapel pin which Choristers receive after initial training and settling into the Choir. RSCM medals on light blue, and then dark blue, ribbons follow. To receive these Young Choristers must show a commitment to the Choir, complete the necessary training as well as demonstrating their singing and musical skills. These first few Awards are tested internally. Young Choristers are then prepared for their Dean’s (Bronze) Award that is tested externally by an examiner from the RSCM. The Dean’s Award is worn on a green ribbon and this is followed by the Bishop’s Award (Silver) which is worn on a purple ribbon. Candidates for the Dean’s and Bishop’s Award are expected to work hard to prepare for their exams which include performing hymns, an anthem and psalm, having their music aural skills tested and answering questions about the Church and liturgy.
Further information about the RSCM Voice for Life Award scheme can be found at http://www.rscm.com/education/vfl/trainingScheme.php