Choir and music
Music is at the heart of praise, and much of the Sunday service is sung. The church uses a wide variety of music, drawing upon both ancient and contemporary sources.
We have a small but dedicated choir which maintains a high standard of choral music at worship services.
The choir is led by our Director of Music, Elaine McDermott. She is an experienced singing teacher and holds a Performers and Teachers Degree from the Royal Northern. Elaine is also fully DBS/CRB certified (as are all those who work with children at St. Alban's).
The choir is open to all ages (8 to 80!). If you have an interest in singing and would like to join our choir, please contact Elaine, on 07790 431683.
The St. Alban's Choral Scholarship programme is an initiative which is designed to help young people to develop their singing skills and general musical abilities. The programme is run by Elaine.
Scholarships are open for children aged 8 to 16. As part of the programme, scholars explore a singing syllabus using the RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) "Voice of Life" scheme. This leads to nationally recognised qualifications and awards. Over the course of the scholarship, scholars learn breathing techniques, musical notation, how to sing harmonies and in different styles, reading music and a whole range of other skills, all whilst enjoying fellowship and fun with other scholars and the choir as a whole.
Following a probationary period, scholars are paid a bursary of =£300 per annum in thanks for their hard work!
Scholars commit to sing at a weekly rehearsal in term time (currently on Monday evening), and at the 10.30am Sunday morning service in term time.
We have two scholars at the moment, both in their second year, and are very much enjoying singing at St. Alban's. If you might be interested, please call Elaine on 07790 431683, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.