Music Scholarships

We offer three kinds of Scholarships as follows:

Chorister Awards

Any chorister in full-time education who has a good attendance record (70% plus) and has sung with us for more than a few months is eligible for support from our Music Development Fund.

Grants cover all or part of the cost of Music Tuition (eg Piano, Singing, Theory, Organ, Orchestral Instrument etc), Exam Entry (ABRSM, Trinity etc), External Courses (Eton Choral Course, RCO events etc) or any other expense incurred in developing relevant musical skills (travel, special scores, work books etc).

'Soundbites' Organ Scholarship

As its name suggests this Scholarship is funded by our successful weekly lunchtime concert series 'Soundbites'.

The scholarship provides free organ lessons and music for proficient pianists still in full time education (Approx value 7-800/annum). Duties, which are tailored to the needs and current skill level of the individual scholar, include playing of voluntaries, performance at an appropriate Soundbites concert,accompaniment of hymns and anthems and direction of the choir.

Our previous Soundbites Organ Scholar was Michael Stephens Jones, who left us this summer with Organ Scholarships to Dean Close/Tewkesbury (AY 2017-2018) and Selwyn College Cambridge (from October 2018). More information about him can be read here.

We are able to offer a further scholarship to a suitable candidate. We are happy to take a keen pianist (Minimum Gd V) with no organ playing experience (which is how Michael started with us). Please contact our Director of Music, Martin Penny.

Year 11-13/Undergraduate Choral Scholarships

We currently have two scholars and are able to offer up to four more scholarships (value approx 300/annum for Yr11-13 and 600/annum for Undergraduates). Recent Yr11-13 scholars have gone on to Scholarships at Cambridge, Nottingham, and York amongst others. Several Undergraduate Scholars have gone on to professional careers in music.

Duties include all 'normal' rehearsals and services at All Saints' during term-time plus attendance up to the Sunday before Christmas (Service of Lessons and Carols), Easter (when appropriate, given University terms) and up to three occasional midweek services (eg Ash Wednesday).

Adult Rehearsals are from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm on Fridays, and before services on Sundays from 9:30 am and from 5:45 pm. The service pattern is as follows:

Sunday in Month10:00 am6:30 pm
1stFamily ServiceChoral Communion
2nd, 4th & 5thParish Eucharist (Sung)Choral Evensong
3rdFamily EucharistChoral Evensong

Choral services usually include a setting of the canticles/communion sung by the choir alone. Sung services usually include a congregation setting (or the use of chants as appropriate). Both include a 'choir only' anthem. Parish Eucharists begin with a sung introit. Midweek services are usually 8.00 pm with a rehearsal from 7.00 pm.

You can find the current music lists here.

For the main festivals the choir also prepares and sings major liturgical works. In recent years these have included Messiah Handel, St John and St Matthew Passions J.S.Bach as well as Requiems by Duruflé, Fauré, Howells and Mozart with orchestra as appropriate.

Selection criteria

Any voice. Audition will be a piece of the candidate's choice and Sight Reading. We would expect candidates to be sympathetic to the Christian faith.

For more information or an informal chat please contact our Director of Music, Martin Penny.

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