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Choral Scholarships 2022-23

Updated: Apr 1

Psallam spiritu et mente

I will sing with the spirit and with the understanding also

(1 Corinthians 14:15)

We are delighted to announce that applications are open for up to six Choral Scholarships (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass) to commence this Autumn. We are particularly looking for singers aged 16-18 who may be studying at local schools and colleges and wish to improve their abilities as a choral singer and/or soloist. Whilst this may particularly suit those studying music and/or those considering applying for university awards in the future, it is not a requirement.

St Peter’s Choral Scholars will, as part of a small choir, lead the singing for our weekly Sunday morning 9:30 am Communion Service, as well as the occasional special service on other days, under the direction of our Director of Music, Ben Driver, who is experienced in developing young singers. They will be required to attend rehearsals immediately before the weekly service. There may be opportunities for concert performances too.

Essential qualities include some experience of singing in a choir, an ability to read music and a desire to learn both as part of a relatively small choral group and occasional solo singing. Sight-reading skills will be an advantage, as will any previous experience of church music. St Peter’s is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music.

The Choral Scholars will be appointed annually, and it is hoped that most singers will apply to renew for a second year. They will be expected to sing 30 services a year, mostly in school term-time (on average three Sundays a month), between September 2022 and July 2023, and will receive £40 per service, payable termly. Typically, singers will rehearse on a Sunday from 8:45 am and sing at the 9:30 am service, their duties for the day ending around 10:45 am.

For the right candidate, there may also be the possibility of an Organ Scholarship under similar terms.

To register interest, request any further information and receive an application form, please email the St Peter’s Parish Office on Shortlisted candidates will be asked to come for an audition. We look forward to hearing from you.

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