Taizé and Iona Workshop

Come and join us for an inspiring day looking at music from the remarkable communities of Taizé and Iona. This simple and deeply spiritual music suits groups small or large using voices and/or instruments – please bring either or both – and different church situations. We will even write our own! Please bring a packed lunch, hot drinks will be provided for a small contribution. This is a joint event with the East Herts Church Choirs Association (EHCCA). The event will be led by Miles Quick, the RSCM’s Head of Congregational & Instrumental Music.

When? Saturday June 8th 2019 10am – 5pm. The day will finish with a service starting at approximately 4:15pm. Anyone is welcome to attend just the service.

Where? WareSt Mary’s Church, High St, SG12 9BA.
Pay and display car parking is available opposite the church in Burgage Lane, SG12 9XD – entrance next to the Brewery Tap at the northern end of the High Street. Other car parks are also available. 
The best way into the town from the south is straight up the A10 to the junction just north of the viaduct, and the next beyond Hertford, signed STEVENAGE. At the top of the slip road turn right. This takes you down into the northern end of the town (and the tower of the church may be clearly seen from halfway down the hill.) At the bottom, bear left at the first roundabout, then right at the large roundabout a few yards further on. The entrance to the public car park is about 250 yards down Baldock Street on the right.

What to wear? Wear comfortable clothes. We will not wear robes.

What to bring? Bring a packed lunch. Instrumentalists (grade 5 and above) should bring their instrument and a music stand. Guitarists are welcome; they should expect to play melodies and not just chords. Bring your payment. The cost is £3 per adult; schoolchildren are free. Anyone bringing children (under 18s) who are not their own should bring Parental Consent Forms.

The closing date for applications from instrumentalists is Wednesday May 29th. This is to allow time for parts to be written for the instruments. Note that instrumental parts will mostly assume a minimum standard of grade 5; however there will be opportunities for those below that standard to play or, at other times, to sing.

A booking form will be available here shortly. Watch this space!

Want to Sing Regularly at St Albans Cathedral?

abbeyHere’s an opportunity to sing regularly at St Albans Cathedral. The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban PARISH SINGERS is a voluntary, auditioned, adult choir who sing at most of the 9.30 Parish Eucharist Services throughout the year, as well as at Carols on the Hour at Christmas and occasional evensongs. We sing a variety of music, but mostly traditional motets. Prospective members who are competent singers and sight readers are very welcome to come along and try us out prior to audition. Rehearsals are in the Cathedral Song School on Wednesday evenings 8-9.15pm every two to three weeks, followed by a quick drink in the White Hart opposite. The choir is very friendly and auditions, with Andrew Lucas – Master of the Music – are not onerous. Please contact the Cathedral Music Secretary, Lizzie, on 01727 890245 or by email: