Music Notes - August 2018

Music Notes – August 2018

News of the Choir

The end of the term has arrived and with it speech days and end of term awards in the various schools.

I am pleased to report that at Oswestry School Myles Wilkinson received the Academic Award for Ahievement for year 7 and the Art Award for year 7 which encompasses music art and drama and Alice Williams got the Business Award. Jools Brennan was awarded the Biology Form 4 subject prize and the Tomley Cup for Social Service. Jools has also passed his Grade 5 in Music Theory and his Bronze level in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme.

Aoife Brennan was awarded the Music Cup at the Bellan House speech day and also passed her Grade 6 exam in saxophone achieving a merit. Aoife was also  successful in auditioning for a pan Wales choir which will sing with Catherine Jenkins at the BBC Proms in the Park Wales and she performed well in the Oswestry Music Festival gaining a 3rd place in the under 15 vocal class and 2nd in the under 12 woodwind.

Congratulations to all these young people.

Singing in a choir has been shown to have many benefits but to sing in a church choir like ours is very special. Whereas all choirs rehearse and work toward a performance, in a church choir choristers have to produce new music to performance standard every week. In doing so they develop the skills and discipline to learn quickly and I believe that these skills spill over into everything else that they do. Most young people who stay in the choir through their school days go on to higher education and do well in life.

On this subject we will be losing two of our choir members at the beginning of the next term; Samantha Lewis will be starting her Master of Music degree at the Birmingham Conservatoire and Hannah Boulton will be off to Plymouth University to do a degree in Photography. More of these two young people next month; for now it leaves spaces in the Choir for some more young people. So here is another opportunity for young people to gain an unrivalled grounding in Music through the Royal School of Church Music’s ‘Voice for Life’ scheme and to develop those skills outlined above which contribute to a fulfilled and successful life. We are looking for boys and girls from 8 to 13 years and anyone  interested in joining should contact me as follows:-

Tel: 01691 649933

E mail:

Or have a word after any service in church.

RSCM Summer School

Twelve choristers will be attending this year’s summer school in Bath from 20th - 26th August. My grateful thanks to those people who so generously contributed to our ‘Adopt a Chorister’ scheme. Your support will ensure that we can maintain the high standard of music that week by week graces our services.

This year there is major restoration work taking place in Bath Abbey which means that there is insufficient space in the Abbey to accommodate the whole course. The course has been split into two teams and services will take place both at Bath and at Cirencester Parish Church. The team in which our choristers have been placed will sing as follows:-

  • Friday 24th August - (Seniors)  Evensong in Bath Abbey at 5.30pm
  • Saturday 25th August - (Juniors) Concert in Bath Abbey at 11.30am
  • Sunday 26th August - Eucharist at St John’s Church  Cirencester at 10.00am
  • Sunday 26th August - Choral Evensong in Bath Abbey at 3.30pm

I know that the choristers will be delighted to see any visitors from St. Oswald’s and I know that you will be amazed at the high quality of singing that these young people produce after only one week’s training.

Mike Donkin

Director of Music.

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