Little Saint Mary’s Church, Cambridge

Choristers

choristers

The Choristers have enriched the musical life of Little St Mary’s since the establishment of a children’s choir in 2000. Open to boys and girls (aged 7-18) from schools across Cambridge, the Choristers rehearse every Friday during term-time (5:30-7pm) and sing three or four services a month.

Being a Chorister is both enjoyable and rewarding, and provides an excellent musical education. All Choristers are rewarded with pocket money for their attendance, and the Church administers a bursary scheme to help with music lessons. These are just some of the benefits of becoming a Chorister: to learn more, and to arrange a relaxed and informal audition, please contact the Director of Music, Dr Simon Jackson, who is always delighted to hear from prospective Choristers.

The Choristers undertake an exciting programme of activities, including recordings and tours. They have made two CD recordings (available here), and have toured both nationally and internationally. In July 2015 the Choristers went on tour with the Parish Choir to Prague, where they sang services at St Clement's Church and the Old Catholic Cathedral (sv. VavÅ™ince), and concerts in the churches of Martin ve Zdi and sv. Jakuba (Kutná Hora). Footage from these performances can be seen here. In the same year, one of the Little St Mary's Choristers was awarded the prestigious title of BBC Girl Chorister of the Year. 

The Choristers work regularly with other local musicians and choirs, and have in recent years performed services and concerts with the Girls' Choir of St Catharine's College, Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir and the Choir of Gonville & Caius College. The Choristers sing at the Family Carol Service in Trinity College Chapel each Christmas, and have helped to lead a Choral Outreach day with the Choristers of Jesus College, introducing children across Cambridge to the joys of singing. They have participated in workshops with Andrew Reid (Director of the Royal School of Church Music), Christopher Robinson CVO CBE (former Director of Music at St John's College, St George's Chapel, Windsor and Worcester Cathedral), vocal coach Hilary Jones, and the distinguished Scottish composer Sir James MacMillan CBE. The Choir works regularly with Sarah MacDonald (Director of Music at Selwyn College and Honorary Associate Organist at LSM).