The mixed-voice adult choir rehearses on Friday evenings in church from 6.00 to 7.30 p.m. The choir sings at the 10.00 a.m. Sunday Eucharist (Communion service) and many of the singers also lead the music at the 5.30 p.m. evensong on the first and third Sundays of the month.
Extra sung services include those at the major feasts of the church year, and especially in Holy Week and between Advent and Christmas. There are also weddings and occasionally funerals with choir, and benefice services with singers from Box and Amberley. Recently the choir has helped lead worship in deanery and diocesan services, including in Gloucester Cathedral, and there are opportunities to take part in RSCM singing days and festivals.
Singers have many different demands on their time, and some can be more regular in attendance than others. All we ask is that the attendance diary is completed in advance where possible, so we know who will be present for each service and can plan appropriately.
The young singers of the Junior Choir rehearse on Fridays in term-time in the porch room and in church from 5.00 to 6.30 p.m. Rehearsals start all together in the porch room, followed by work in smaller groups and individually, and include a break for a drink. The RSCM's Voice for Life scheme is followed, with its modules on using the voice, musical skills, repertoire, belonging to the choir, and the context of the church and the Christian year. For the final half hour from 6.00 the junior singers join the adult choir for a joint rehearsal until 6.30.
On Sundays the Junior Choir joins the adults for much of the 10.00 a.m. service, but during the central part has its own junior church with other children from the congregation. The exception is the all-age service normally on the first Sunday of the month, where they stay with the adult choir throughout. The Junior Choir is particularly featured on such occasions as Mothering Sunday, Harvest Festival and also at the Crib Service and other Christmas services. A small payment is made to singers for attendance at services plus the preceding rehearsal, and for weddings with choir.
Up to four choral scholarships are available for singers who are 16 or over and still in full-time education. The value of each scholarship is currently £600 p.a. As well as contributing to the church choirs, and being given opportunities to take part in RSCM and other choral activities, the singers are trained for the RSCM bronze, silver and gold awards.
An instrumental ensemble plays for the hymns and anthems when appropriate and especially at the All Age service that is normally on the first Sunday of the month. At present there are violin, viola, cello, flute, bassoon, trumpet and keyboard. Competent technique and music reading are necessary.
New singers for the junior and adult choirs are always welcome, as are players for the music group. There are also opportunites to audition for a choral scholarship.
For more information
Director of Music and Organist
or via the Facebook page for the choirs at www.facebook.com/minchchoir
or text to 07879 40 60 48
or landline at 01453 840388
Christine Gibson, Parish Administrator
at Church Office, The Rectory, Butt Street, Minchinhampton, GL6 9JP
or 01453 889004
For the music group contact
or 01453 889534