BE A ‘CHORISTER FOR THE DAY’
On Saturday 23rd September, boys in Year 3 and above from all over the Solihull borough are invited to take part in a rare opportunity to experience the life of a cathedral chorister for the day. St Alphege Church in Solihull is lucky enough to be one of the few parish churches in the country that still possesses separate choirs of girls and boys and is able to offer an education similar to that of places like King’s College, Cambridge. Girls have their own opportunity the following weekend, on Saturday 30th September.
The day includes singing and music theory games, plus fun activities, as well as a chance to explore the church and learn more about the lives of our current choristers at St Alphege. Parents are welcome to stay for as much of the day as they wish, though adult supervision will be in place so parents are not obliged to stay. The session for boys (on 23rd September) will run from 2pm to 5pm, with families invited to return in time to hear a service of Choral Evensong at 4.30pm. The girls’ session (on Saturday 30th) takes place from 9.30am to 12.15pm, with families invited to return to hear a service at 11.45am. Refreshments will be provided.
In recent years, the choirs have featured on BBC Breakfast and the BBC News as part of the coverage of the Queen’s 90th birthday, toured to famous cathedrals in the UK and France, won competitions, released two professional CDs and shared a stage with Aled Jones. We have lots of exciting plans for this academic year, including concerts, cathedral visits, trips away and further work with the BBC, as well as social activities, a great education, and the chance to make life-long friends.
The opportunity to join the ranks of St Alphege Choir is one that should be sought be every child in Solihull. The choirs are currently working at a level that exceeds much they have done over the past years. We are now known as one of the best church choirs in the UK.
If your child is lively, articulate and is willing to learn, then do make contact with us. Places are limited and the days are popular, so if your child would like to attend please contact the Director of Music, Joe Cooper on 07935 962677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.