There are choirs for people of all ages at St Mark’s. They offer children and adults a great opportunity to develop skills in choral music and in performance, and have for many people over many years been a stepping stone to more advanced music making. Belonging to a choir and singing regularly brings emotional, physical and intellectual benefits. It’s something for everyone that’s good for everyone.

If you would like to find out more about the choirs or would like to enquire about joining one of them, please contact Simon Hiller (the Director of Music at St Mark’s) by email ().

The children’s choir is divided into three groups:

  • year 3 choir
  • girls’ choir (years 4-7)
  • boys’ choir (years 4-7)

The year 3 choir meets on Tuesdays during term time from 17:00 to 17:45. It provides an introduction to singing and is fun. The girl’s and boy’s choirs also meet on Tuesdays to practice (17:30 to 1830 and 18:30 to 19:30 respectively). The choirs sing both sacred and secular music. They come together on the first and sometimes on the third Sunday of each month when they sing at the 10:00 service, and they perform at other times during the year.

The adult choir at St Mark’s meets on Tuesday evenings to practice (19:30 to 20:30) and sings at the Sunday morning service each week.

Not everyone who might like to sing with us is able to come along every Sunday. Adults and young people unable to attend on a weekly basis are invited to join in once a month by helping to form a third Sunday choir.

The children’s choirs and adult choir are open to all. There are no auditions and there is no charge.

There are no practices during half-terms; and our choirs do not meet or sing during the summer holidays.

The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) www.rscm.org.uk. We use the RSCM Voice for Life scheme as the basis of our chorister development programme.

The Saturday music scheme at St Mark’s offers singers age appropriate, small group tuition in music theory and in choral singing. One hour sessions are offered on 3 or 4 Saturdays in each half of each term. There is a modest charge.

One to one singing and music theory lessons are available by appointment.

Choir parents and the adult choir each meet informally at least once a term. These occasions give everyone the chance to express views and opinions and to contribute to the ongoing development of the music programme. They are also used to plan social and other special events.

We follow the national legal and procedural framework for safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, and Church of England policy and practice.