Much emphasis is placed on working with local primary and secondary schools to disseminate the great opportunities the choristers receive here around the Borough of Solihull.  This in turn works as a recruitment opportunity for us, showing pupils the joys of music making.

Chorister for the Day
During September, children from schools all over Solihull are invited to experience a day in the life of a chorister at St Alphege Church.  The day begins with singing and music theory lessons, and includes games and craft activities.  Lunch is provided.  A short performance will be given at the end of the day at about 2.30pm.  Children should be available from 10.30am to 3pm. 

Anyone interested in finding out more is welcome to contact our Director of Music, Joe Cooper, via email or on 07935 962677. 

Jonah Man Jazz
A performance of Michael Hurd's pop cantata will take place on Wednesday 13th July. 

Saint Nicolas Cantata
Groups of children from different Solihull schools joined the church choirs on Thursday 28th November to rehearse and perform Benjamin Britten's Saint Nicolas Cantata.  The day consisted of music workshops and a concert performance of the work. 

Noye's Fludde
On 19th June 2014 hundreds of pupils from St Alphege and St Martin’s Schools donned their animal masks and crammed the choir stalls of St Alphege Church to take part in a full musical production of Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten.

 

After months of practising, the pupils joined together at church for a day’s workshop and then evening performance to an audience of hundreds.   The whole event was the idea of Joe Cooper, our very talented Musical Director, who then asked The Friends of St Alphege Music to oversee funding the project, with Isabel Baumber organising behind the scenes.  We received a generous donation from one of the Cadbury Trusts towards the cost of putting on this large scale production and the funds from ticket sales also went towards paying the orchestra, professional musicians, hiring the music, paying royalties, etc.

 

For many children this was their first opportunity to perform with professional musicians and a full orchestra in a classical production.  It would have been their first taster of classical music and we hope that they will want to join us again in future events and start to reap the benefits of a classical musical education.  “It was great to be part of such a big choir, singing with St Martin’s, St Alphege and all the church together.  I think we made a lovely sound.”  Kirsty, age 8.