Junior Choir

If you’re a boy or girl aged between 8 and 18 then you can be a Junior Chorister in St Peter’s Choir!

  • We sing at the following services:
  • Sunday morning 10.30am service (with rehearsal at 10am)
  • monthly Evensong 5.15pm on 4th Sunday (rehearsal 4pm)
  • other special services at St Peter’s including Christmas and for weddings, as well as services in other churches and at Cathedrals.

We practice on Friday evenings from 7pm until 8.30pm and Junior Choristers must attend as many of these as possible if they wish to sing for services and other events.

The Choir of St Peter’s is led by Philip Prior, Director of Music at St Peter’s, Coggeshall since March 2004. There is a team of choir matrons who, along with the Director of Music, are responsible for the welfare and training of Junior Choristers.

The church has an active DBS check policy, following strict Child Protection guidelines, and the Director of Music and all choir members have completed this process.

Junior Choristers benefit musically by:

  • improved singing technique and confidence
  • gaining a knowledge of MusicT heory.
  • Becoming knowledgeable of various music styles.
  • self-discipline and organisation skills
  • involvement in the Royal School of Church Music’s world-wide Voice for Life awards system
  • joining in with the social aspects of the choir at our regular social events at which Choristers’ families are very welcome.
  • Choristers are paid a small amount of money for singing at services, attending Friday rehearsals and for weddings
  • Choristers are allowed to dress in red and white choir robes, provided by the church, and thus take part in leading worship through their singing.
  • All choristers must wear black shoes and have long hair tied back or in a hair band. Head scarves should not be worn.

The opportunities available to choristers once they have been a Junior Chorister in the choir are numerous.

Former Junior Choristers from St Peter’s Choir have gone onto study music at university; become full-time Cathedral Choristers, work on the London theatre and drama scene, and become professional soloists. And of course, there’s no reason to stop singing with the choir – girls can become part of the Soprano & Alto sections of the choir whilst boys can join the Tenors & Basses when their voices change.

There are 3 stages to becoming a Junior chorister:

  • Pre-probation for 1 month, a time to try out the choir and see if you like it
  • Probation – a minimum of 3 months, when you really begin to learn about being a chorister with good attendance at rehearsals and on Sundays, and show excellent behaviour at all times and willingness to improve your singing.
  • Formal Admission during a 10.30am morning Family Service, when the chorister receives his or her surplice (white robe) and certificate.

(The actual lengths of these are at the discretion of the Director of Music.)

If the period of probation is successful, then you can start earning extra pocket money!

For more information please contact the Director of Music:

Philip Prior
Tel. 07811 469105or email: philipprior@waitrose.com Philip is always very happy to talk to parents of potential choristers about joining St Peter’s choir.