Music Notes - February 2018

Music Notes – February 2018

Welcome to our New Vicar

As, no doubt, many others will do we welcome Rev. Harvey Gibbons as he takes up his ministry among us. His installation will be on Sunday 4th February at 3.00pm and you may be sure that the Choir will be pulling out all the stops to make this a memorable occasion. We look forward to getting to know Harvey and work with him in the months and years to come.

Welcome to a new chorister

Welcome also to Paul Sissons, our third Oswestry School Chorister. These scholarships offer a substantial remission in the fees at Oswestry School and combine the very fine education available at Oswestry School with a musical education as a chorister in St. Oswald’s Choir. Voice trials take place every January and parents of children who feel that their child could benefit might like to have a word with me to help in preparation for the next round of scholarship auditions.

A Chorister for a Day - A Voice for Life

There is no better way to learn the basics of singing than to be part of a really fine choir and we are proud of the fact that here at St. Oswald’s we have one of the best choirs in the diocese.  In our choir training we use the Royal School of Church Music’s ‘Voice for Life’ scheme because we believe that the RSCM’s many years of experience in the natural development of the voice is so good for young people.

The scheme concentrates on how to use the body to produce a high quality natural sound through good posture, breath control and basic voice production, while also providing a grounding in musical skills.

We are so convinced of the value of the ‘Voice for Life’ scheme that we are offering young people the chance to try it out for a day. We will be holding an event called ‘Be a Chorister for a Day’ on Saturday 10th March finishing with the participants singing with the choristers in the Parish Church for the Mothering Sunday service on Sunday morning. 11th March.

The day, which will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm. will start with a session for parents and children to hear about the scheme and then move on to sessions on producing a good voice, breath control and learning some music for the Sunday service which will cover the many different styles found in today’s church music. Participants will also be given a tour of the church with a trip up the bell tower and an opportunity to look at, and perhaps have a go on, the organ.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided through the day and the event will close with a rehearsal with the St. Oswald’s Choristers in preparation for the next day.

There is no charge for the day so why not come along a give it a try?

Application forms are available in church  and on the Church’s web-site

( ) or for further information contact Mike Donkin, Director of Music on 01691 649933 or via e-mail on

St. Oswald’s Choral Foundation (formerly ‘the Friends of the Music')

If you haven’t already renewed your membership or are considering becoming a member for the first time please join up now. Membership can be had by making a donation of minimum £18 (£12 for OAPs and the unwaged). Please make cheques out to St. Oswald’s P.C.C. and write Choral Foundation on the reverse. If you would like us to collect Gift Aid on your donation please use one of the blue envelopes in the pews.

Details of the Choral Foundation are in January’s magazine or in the January Music Notes on our website.

Mike Donkin

Director of Music.

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