Most Precious Blood Church is recruiting boys and girls from years 3 to 6 to join its Junior Choir to receive singing lessons and to sing at the 11am Sunday Mass. There is currently a midweek rehearsal on Wednesday directly after school over at the Church which lasts until 4:45pm with time for a break and refreshment. The choristers must be at Church on Sunday morning for a rehearsal at 10:15am and then sing at the Mass at 11am. Parents or Guardians should also normally accompany their children to Mass. The Choristers receive a small amount of “pocket money” to reward their commitment and attendance. Children usually join on a trial basis for a few weeks before becoming full members of the Choir.
Children are taught to sing to a high standard in English and Latin by the Director of Music, Mr Christopher Smith, who is also one of our School Governors, and Mrs Helen Ludford-Thomas who is a professional Soprano and teaches singing in several schools and at St John’s College, Oxford. Before the pandemic the choir had reached a high standard and are pictured here singing for Cardinal Nichols when he visited the Parish.
Singing in a church choir improves both literacy and numeracy, develops confidence and responsibility and it is an excellent way of showing commitment to the Catholic Church. Most of our Choristers secure places in Catholic Senior Schools and continue to enjoy singing; it gives children a “Voice for life”.