Since the first choir was founded, music has filled this fine church of St Mary, Old Swinford. Choral singing is one of Britain’s richest traditions and a vibrant, living heritage which is often the preserve of our great cathedrals. The choir of this church is precious; it transforms and inspires worship and enriches the community of Old Swinford.
The English choral tradition remains central to music at St Mary’s Church.
St Mary’s Church is also a popular venue for a range of concerts and other events.
Join the choir and enjoy an outstanding, free musical education and be trained using the RSCM Voice for Life Scheme.
Could your son or daughter be a chorister?
Choristers come to St Mary’s from the local community and attend different schools in Stourbridge. Children do not need any previous experience, just an interest in singing and music and a clear voice with a good musical ear. Children normally join at the age of 8 or above.
What are the benefits of being a chorister?
- Performing music by great composers with experienced adult singers led by specialist professional musicians
- Taking part in services, occasional concerts and cathedral visits.
- Developing leadership skills, personal confidence, self-motivation, self-discipline and a sensitivity to heritage and culture within a supportive environment
- Improving academic performance and gaining the health benefits of regular singing
- Enjoying being part of a team with a strong sense of identity and forming lasting friendships
- Receiving pocket money for singing
- A free, outstanding musical education; previous choristers have gone on to attain musical scholarships at university
- Having great fun!
Boys and Girls
New choristers rehearse on Fridays from 7.00 p.m. until 8.30 p.m and gradually attend a full schedule.
Ladies and Men
Ladies and Men rehearse on Fridays from 7.30 p.m. until 9.00 p.m.
What is the regular time commitment?
The choir sings during school term. The full choir usually sings for the Sunday morning Eucharist and for Evensong. A full schedule of required attendances is published termly.