Report on Choir, April 1972

Stuart Billington

This year marked the introduction of the Royal School of Church Music’s Chorister Training Scheme. This provides for a chorister’s progress by means of various tests from the Probation stage to Senior Singing Boy or Girl. During this time the candidates absorbs some useful musical training. The scheme is successful in that it gives each boy and girl something to aim at, promotes competition and enthusiasm, and gives a sense of achievement at the end.
Immediately after the schemes started we had an influx of about a dozen new youngsters who have attended faithfully for almost 6 months and are making a real contribution to the work of the choir.
The choir outing this year was to the Dome, Brighton, to hear a concert by the Vienna Boy’s choir. This was a delightful evening. There was also a Christmas party for the younger ones, where a good time was had by all.
Choir robes at the moment leave something to be desired. We have adopted the unisex principle where the youngest boys and girls are concerned, and hope to have all in blue cassocks as soon as the money is forthcoming.

(Extract from Annual Parochial Church Meeting, 6th of April 1972)

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