Music for all at St. Eth’s
From a wealth of choral music in our weekly services, festivals and weddings, to professional choral and orchestral concerts and recitals and also more informal concerts from some of our choir and congregation. Music is alive and thriving at St. Eth’s – please read on to find out more.
We have a variety of concerts and informal musical presentations over the summer.
Please take a look at our current Summer Music 2017
Y.E.S! – Young Eth’s Singers!
We are delighted to announce our very first Choral Scholarships at St. Eth’s. After a generous response from the congregation and local community, we have established a fund which will support up to four young choristers each year for several years. This fund will support individually selected choristers with an award of £200 per annum, to be put towards a musical enterprise of his or her choosing. It will also provide for further training and workshops for all the young people in Y.E.S! so that we can raise standards and support choral development and team work.
Auditions were held at St. Eth’s in July for applicants who hold RSCM dark blue, red or green ribbon awards and will be 12-18 years of age in the school year September 2017-August 2018 (ie. in school years 7-13).
This year, we have appointed two scholars: Catriona Stewart will hold the Garland Choral Scholarship, donated by Judy Bird in memory of her sister, and Cheryl Jeyakumar will hold the Stratton Choral Scholarship, donated by Chris Stratton in memory of his father. Through the kind generosity of the Salisbury family, we have also been able to award an organ bursary to Catriona Stewart to support her in learning to play the organ.
These awards were presented at St. Eth’s on Sunday 17th September at 9.30am. We would like to thank everyone who has donated to our fund for inspiring, encouraging and helping to secure the future of choral music at St. Eth’s for many generations to come.
The young people in Y.E.S! have performed at Hatfield House and sing regularly at St. Eth’s and at St. Mary’s, North Mymms. They featured in the Stableyard Nativity at Hatfield House Rare Breeds Farm in December and have sung in the Chapel and the Armoury of the House. YES! has made recordings of several anthems which they regularly sing at weddings.
Y.E.S! meets on Wednesdays during term time from 6.00pm-7pm at St. Etheldreda’s Church, Fore Street, Old Hatfield. The group is directed by Jill Knight, the Organist and Choir Director, who has extensive experience in training children’s voices in schools and churches. The young people in Y.E.S! are taught how to sing well together and use their voices correctly to achieve a good quality sound. They receive basic musical training and vocal coaching. There is also the opportunity to train for the RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) award scheme, and eventually become a Dean’s or Bishop’s Chorister. Y.E.S! are sometimes requested to sing at weddings in the church, for which each singer receives a small payment based on their experience and commitment.
|Y.E.S! sings at family services at St. Eth’s on the third Sunday of each month, as well as at weddings and other special services and events.
We started the new term with a Training and Activity Day on Saturday 2nd September. After a morning working hard on vocal technique, RSCM ribbon work and learning some new music, we headed off to Phasels Wood Activity Centre. There, a great time was had by all, young and old alike, including our mascot, “The Vicar”. Can you spot him in some of our photos?
Our adult choir rehearses from 7.30pm-8.30pm, also on Wednesdays, and sings at the Eucharist each Sunday and occasional Choral Evensongs and other special services.The repertoire ranges from traditional Tudor and Renaissance choral music to more contemporary pieces by Archer, Rutter and Chilcott. The choir occasionally sings elsewhere and in 2015 sung two special 1662 prayer book services in the chapel at Hatfield House.
We are now starting to plan and rehearse our programme of music and activities for the Harvest, Advent and Christmas season. If you are interested in singing with one of our choirs, (adults or Y.E.S!), or know someone who would like to, we would love to hear from you.
Jill Knight, Director of Music