The Choir at St. Mary's, Datchet
The Choir at St. Mary’s is fortunate in having a very good reputation in its field and sings at all the regular services at St. Mary’s Church.
Singing away from Datchet
The choir occasionally visits and sings at other churches in The Southern Grouping of The Slough & Burnham Deanery.
Notably however in July 2008 the Choir led the Services in Bath Abbey for the weekend and did likewise at Gloucester Cathedral in July 2009 and Winchester Cathedral in February 2010.
The Choirs Administrator at Winchester Cathedral emailed us afterwards with the following comments
Dear St Mary's Datchet Choir
Thank you very much for your email and I am so pleased that, from your point of view, the weekend here went well.
I have heard nothing but glowing reports of the choir’s singing and how much you all contributed to the worship, so do please pass on our thanks to everyone.
If you would like to come again at some point, we would be delighted to have you. We are probably now talking about 2013 or beyond!
Every good wish and many thanks.
On joining the choir choristers are expected to attend a rehearsal once a week and three or four Sunday services each month.
After this period of basic training choristers are invited to join the full choir at which point they are expected to attend the full choir practice on Thursdays and weekly Sunday services.
Where this commitment is not feasible it is possible for children to remain junior choristers with the reduced time commitment.
The choir provides an increasingly rare opportunity for children to regularly perform music to a high standard and learn a wide range of musical skills, including participating in training courses organised by the Royal School of Church Music.
This level of training can lead to choristers gaining Choral Scholarships at university level when the time comes.
The choristers at St. Mary’s are trained according to the training schemes provided by the Royal School of Church Music – to which the choir is affiliated.
At each stage of a chorister’s progress through the choir they will receive thorough musical training and have the opportunity to attend courses run by the RSCM.
Each of these stages is marked by the chorister wearing a medal with coloured ribbon.
The standard of training provided could lead to a chorister being able to compete for Choral Scholarships when they go to University.
If your child is interested in joining the choir please contact the Director of Music, Andrew Piggott on 01784 453854. Email: [email protected]
Adults interested in singing regularly in the choir are always welcome.
The time commitment is not as great as some other choirs amounting to one weekly rehearsal and one service every Sunday morning.
In addition there is normally a Choral Evensong once a month and a number of special services throughout the year.
Those who are unable to make this commitment are welcome to join us for special services where a larger choir is necessary or when regular singers are away.
If you are interested in singing at St. Mary’s please feel free to contact the Director of Music, Andrew Piggott on 01784 453854 Email: [email protected] for further information or come to one of our regular services.
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHORISTERS
St. Mary’s offers Choral Scholarships to suitable children in return for them singing in the choir.
These can include bursaries towards the cost of instrumental tuition at the chorister’s school.
If you may be interested in these please contact the Director of Music.
MUSIC AT ST. MARY’S
includes regular choral services.
(including Choral Evensong on the 4th Sunday of most months)