What are the benefits of learning to sing in a church choir?
You will be taught basic singing techniques and will gain a really good grounding in music.
Free preparation and help in showcasing your choral ability in the Isle of Wight Musical Competition Festival, both solo & choir classes.
A choral and musical training at All Saints’ will help you with your GCSE and A-level music exams: former choristers have gained excellent results in these.
The instruction you receive will enable you to progress through the well-recognised Royal School of Church Music Awards Scheme: Voice for Life.
Choristers can achieve different award stages: Bishop’s, Dean’s, Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner and can wear the appropriate medal ribbon.
The Head Girl recently completed her Gold Award – only a few choristers in the world achieve this highest of standards.
You will gain experience of singing a large repertoire of sacred music, both old and new. The choir sings a different anthem every week and different settings of its very extensive and ever-expanding library of music.
Membership of a Church Choir is a good thing to put on your CV, with its element of service to the community and demonstration of reliability and commitment.
You will receive a modest quarterly pay packet based on attendance at practices and services. This increases as you move through your medals. This can amount to a tidy sum: the last pay packet for a red ribbon with full attendance was £50! You are paid for weddings too.
You will have opportunities to sing at other events on the Island and on the mainland. In the last few years the choir has sung evensong in the cathedrals of Chichester, Winchester, Portsmouth and Salisbury. Some of the experienced junior members have also sung evensong at St Paul’s, Southwark and Canterbury Cathedrals in the past.
What will be expected of me?
Initially, new Choristers are expected to attend at least one service on a Sunday (either morning Eucharist at 10am or Evensong at 6.30pm). The choir meets half an hour before these times to practise.
Choristers are expected to attend practice on Tuesday 5.30 – 6.30pm (Trebles only) and Thursday evening (Full Choir)
There are occasional extra services for which a choir is required, e.g. Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, weddings – but only if these don’t clash with school.
Smart red choir robes will be provided but you will need to wear your smart black school shoes.
And above all…you can really enjoy yourself!
We look forward to welcoming you!
We welcome enquiries from adult singers who wish to sing in a busy choir with a wide repertoire and supported by our committed and experienced organist, Andrew Cooper. Previous choral experience will certainly be an advantage as different anthems and communion settings are performed each week, often with limited rehearsal time. If you have never sung in a choir but are able to sight sing (a simple hymn tune is the starting point) then why not try it out? You will be most welcome.
Our repertoire includes firmly established such as Tallis and Bach through the Victorian era and on into the 20th century with Ireland, Britten, Matthias and contemporary composers such as Archer, Mawby, Ives and Stopford. All main services are sung and there is a monthly full choral evensong.
All singers are especially encouraged to support our worship at the major festivals of Easter, All Saints’, Advent and Christmas – truly joyous times in the church’s calendar. We are often called to take part in special Civic services and events.