- Do you like singing?
- Enjoy making music?
- Keen to learn more?
- Want to be part of a great team?
If your answer to even one of these questions is ‘yes’, you should have a look at what St Peter’s choir has to offer.
“The only thing better than singing is more singing” Ella Fitzgerald
St Peter’s Church, in the centre of St Albans, has one of the finest church choirs in the South East of England.
For those who make up the choir, singing at services every Sunday and rehearsals during the week is quite a commitment—especially in this day and age. So why do they do it? What makes it so worthwhile?
For a start, the choir is a lively, enthusiastic and friendly group. There’s true enjoyment in performing works from the range of great choral music composed over the last five hundred years.
And there’s also the satisfaction from working as part of a successful team that achieves high standards.
Singing at St Peter’s provides a great musical education but there’s a strong social aspect, too. The boys and girls play football and other games, there are barbecues and day trips. And, every couple of years, the choir travels abroad.
Oh, and last but not least, the girls and boys get paid as well!
Still interested? Here are some more details.
How does it work?
For the boys, there are usually two Sunday services at 11.15am and 6.30pm and two practices— on Tuesday and Friday evenings. For the girls, there is usually one Sunday service at 9.30am and a practice on Friday evenings. There are also opportunities on some Saturdays to sing at weddings.
As well as enjoying a great musical education, girls and boys are paid every three months for their attendance at services and practices. The pay increases with experience and extra sums are paid for singing at weddings.
The ‘uniform’ of cassock and surplice, together with all the music, is provided.
There is also a varied programme of social events. Recently these have included Thorpe Park, carol singing, concerts, firework party, football matches, ten pin bowling as well as a barbecue and Christmas party.
Who can join?
Anyone really. Girls and boys don’t have to come from a church-going family. And they don’t need any prior musical knowledge to join – a comprehensive musical training is provided.
We do encourage girls and boys to learn a musical instrument and those that do find that singing regularly helps this enormously.
Listen to a sample of music from the choir.
How do you find out more?
We invite parents to contact us first by telephone or e-mail. We can then arrange for you and your daughter or son to come along to meet us, and for them to attend a few practices and services.
Contact Nicholas Robinson, Director of Music via the Church Office.