St Mary's Choir

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“Serve the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing”  (Psalm 100.2)

There has been a choir at St Mary’s Church for over a hundred years. Many families of the village community have had relatives associated with the church choir for many years and can trace their links.

Until the late 1950s, membership of the choir was entirely of men and boys, with “stronger boys” given the additional duties of “pumping” the organ (as their graffiti on the organ casing shows). Women were introduced to the choir in the early 1960s, mainly to sing at Sunday evensong. They were not robed but sat, either in a pew in the Bolton Chapel, behind the male choir sitting in the choir stalls, or in the front pews in the nave.

 Today, St Mary’s has a robed choir, of mixed voices, adults (18years +) and choristers (aged 7+). The adult voices are made up of tenor, bass, soprano (First and Second,) alto (First and Second); and trebles (choristers). 

The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music(RSCM). Choristers enter various levels of  RSCM awards, and training for these awards is provided by the Choral Director, Mrs. Jo Jarrett-Kerr. The whole choir attends and supports as many of the RSCM events as possible, especially the Winchester RSCM Area Festival held at Winchester Cathedral in June each year.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN ST MARY'S CHOIR PLEASE CONTACT THE VICAR OR ADMINISTRATOR (Details below)

There is no formal vocal audition for choir entry ,although it is hoped that members will develop a good understanding of music.

NB. All adults are interviewed by the vicar and will be expected to be CRB checked on choir entry.

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