Music Notes - January 2017

Music Notes – January 2017

A very happy new year. Thank you for all your support in the past year and we look forward to your continued support as we continue to enhance our services through music in 2017.

I think that we have something very special here at St. Oswald’s in that we are the only church choir in Shropshire that not only routinely sings music from the Anglican choral tradition but also has only young voices on the soprano line, thus producing what is instantly recognizable as the English cathedral sound.


We have a busy term ahead culminating in the Holy Week and Easter services but to get us off to a good start we have the last of our three carol services, the Epiphany Carol Service, at 6.30pm on Sunday 8th January. Do please join us for what is always an enjoyable occasion.

News of the Choir

Following on from last month I am delighted to be able to report that Kim Burgess passed her Royal School of Church Music Gold Award. She will be formally presented with the award during Choral Evensong at Lichfield Cathedral at 3.00pm on Sunday 15th January. Also being presented will be Chelsea Morris and Natasha Butler who gained their Gold Awards earlier in the year and Jools Brennan who passed his Silver (Bishop’s Chorister) Award in November. They, with other award holders across the diocese, will sing Evensong with the Cathedral Choir. If you can get to Lichfield to support these choristers we would be pleased to see you there.

At the beginning of her career as a chorister we welcome Evie Delacassa.  You may have seen Evie at one or two services in December; she joined too late to sing the main Christmas services. We can still take one or two more young people in the junior choir and if you know of any child who would benefit from the music training that we offer do put them in touch with me by telephoning 01691 649933 or via e-mail at

The Friends of the Music

Some of you may know that the PCC is considering forming a Friends of St. Oswald’s Church. This is in its very early stages but once extant it may well be confused with the Friends of the Music. I am, therefore, taking the opportunity at the beginning of a new year of reinventing the Friends of the Music as the St. Oswald’s Choral Foundation. Our separate Friends account will eventually be closed and the monies transferred to the Church accounts but as a designated fund only to be used in forwarding the music of the church. In other words it will function exactly as the old Friends of the Music did. The big advantage is that we will be able to claim gift aid on any donations that you make.

If you are a Friend of the Music and wish to continue as a Member of the Choral Foundation or, indeed, if you would like to become a member, please let me have your donation of £15 (£10 for OAPs and the un-waged). Cheques should now be made payable to ‘St. Oswald’s PCC’ and please write on the reverse ‘Choral Foundation’

Mike Donkin  -  Director of Music