Music Notes - March 2017

Music Notes – March 2017

Oswestry School Chorister Scholarships

At the end of January we auditioned young people for the new Oswestry School Choristerships and I am delighted to tell you that the School has approved two scholarships for this year. They have been won by Myles Wilkinson, a treble already singing in the Choir, and Alice Williams, currently a pupil at Woodside School. The Scholarships take effect from September when both Alice and Myles take up their places at Oswestry School. I am hopeful that Alice may decide to join us before that time but congratulations to both of these very talented young people.

My thanks to Mr Julian Noad, Headmaster of Oswestry School and the Trustees for providing these scholarships which allow young people to experience singing to cathedral standard in our fine choir which benefitting from the first class education offered by Oswestry School.

Samantha Lewis

Last month I wrote about Sam’s wish to study music once she has completed her veterinary nursing degree and that, in preparation for this, she has been working towards her ATCL (Associate of Trinity College) diploma. The examination for this entails giving a 45 minute recital and to help her we intend to have a ‘dry run’ by giving a public performance in the Parish Centre. Please note that the date in last month’s magazine was incorrect and the recital will be on Sunday 12th March at 3.00pm. There will be no charge for this although we will take a voluntary retiring collection for the music at St. Oswald’s.

Please put the date in your diary and come along a support Sam if you can. The programme is wide ranging including works by Purcell, Mozart, Schubert and Elgar which will show every aspect of Sam’s wonderful voice, and should make a very enjoyable afternoon’s entertainment.

Music Workshop with Geoff Weaver

On Saturday 11th March Geoff Weaver, the internationally known musician, teacher, composer and arranger is coming to Oswestry to give a workshop to the Choir. Geoff studied music at Cambridge University and then taught in this country, Hong Kong , Manila and Nigeria. On returning to the UK he was appointed Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral and in 1994 became Director of Studies at the Royal School of Church Music.

He is probably best known to us for his arrangements of African music, one of his settings being sung by the Junior Choir at last month’s All Age Eucharist and, until last year,  as the Director of the RSCM Bath Summer School which many of our choristers attend year after year.


The workshop will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm and conclude, at 3.30pm with a short service featuring music studied during the day.

Everyone is very welcome to attend the service and if anyone not in the choir is interested in the workshop please have a word with me.


St. Oswald’s Friends of the Music is now St Oswald’s Choral Foundation

If you were a Friend of the Music and have not yet become a member of the Choral Foundation please do consider joining and let me have your subscription 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’. The new name is simply to avoid confusion with the Friends of St. Oswald’s – an organisation being set up to encourage interest in maintaining the fabric of our historic church but it does have the benefit that we can claim gift aid for the music funds.

Of course, you don’t have to have been a Friend of the Music to be a member of the Choral Foundation. Everyone is welcome to join and your support for the music is very much valued.

Mike Donkin  -  Director of Music

01691 649933

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