Chingford choristers awarded Silver ‘Bishops’ Chorister Award’

Eight children who sing with the Parish Church Choir at Chingford have been awarded the Silver Bishops’ Chorister Award by the Royal School of Church Music.

The children have demonstrated a very high level of musical knowledge and commitment to choral singing and the presentations were made at Brentwood Cathedral on 25 January by the Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell and the Bishop of Brentwood, Alan Williams.

Of the 16 children who achieved the Award in the Diocese, half of them were from the Chingford Parish Church Choir, who are a well-established cathedral standard church choir, with a very high reputation nationally and internationally, having sung at cathedrals all over the world.

The boys’ choir rehearse twice a week and the girls’ choir rehearse weekly, and involvement with the group helps youngsters to develop musicality as well as provides many opportunities for singing in prestigious locations such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and York Minster.

Director of Music, Mike Emerson, said: “I am extremely proud of what these young members of the Chingford Parish Church Choir have achieved and am delighted that so many of them have achieved this exceptional standard. Their success reflects the very high level of singing in our choir and their commitment to our strong choral tradition at Chingford.”

Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell, who will soon be taking up the post of Archbishop of York, said: “The English choral tradition is one of the great treasures of our nation and the skill, dedication and commitment of the young people who sing week by week and even day by day in our choirs is something worth celebrating.”

The choir are currently recruiting boys and girls and are particularly looking for boys who are aged 7 – 10 to join at this time.  No former musical training is necessary. 

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