The Adult Choir is made up of approx. 20 singers who provide music at the 10.15am and 4.00pm Sunday Services each week.
They include Sopranos, Altos/Countertenors, Tenors and Basses who sing a wide variety of music from early plainsong through to modern worship songs.
Being a member of St. George’s Choir offers a wonderful opportunity to sing in the fantastic space that is St. George’s Church, Stockport, with a friendly group of like-minded people under the direction of James Hibbert. Like the Junior Choristers, numbers are steadily growing and have been doing so for some time. Choristers are proud of their hard work and dedication, which means that the choir has always performed to a good standard and has played a vital part in the Church’s history over many years.
For photographs of the Choir throughout it’s history, please do visit the ‘Choir History’ section of the website.
In recent months Choir members have sung Evensong at various Cathedrals across the North of England including a trip to sing at Wakefield Cathedral alongside another local Church Choir. 3 members of St. George’s Choir are auditioned members of the Royal School of Church Music’s Northern Cathedral Singers.
Applications for Choral Scholarships are currently being accepted
There are currently five scholarships at St. George’s which are generously funded by the Pilling Trust. These include four Choral Scholarships and one Organ Scholarship. The Scholarships are intended to provide young people aged 16-25 years with the opportunity to gain experience of singing good quality church music and to improve their general musical skills.
What is involved?
All Scholars are expected to attend Choir Rehearsal, currently on Thursday from 7.30pm to 9pm and both Sunday services – currently 10.15am and 6.30pm during term-time.
Scholars will receive an honorarium for their services which is paid termly.
The rates are as follows: Choral Scholarship—£450 per year.
Additional payments are available for attendance at Easter and Christmas and other services throughout the year including Weddings and a variety of Civic services and other opportunities.
Our Scholars have been able to gain experience as soloists, in conducting and even having their own compositions performed.
Some of our previous Scholars have gone on to work with distinguished choirs. Among them are Jake Barlow (Worcester College, Oxford plus Truro and Norwich Cathedrals as Choral Scholar and now a Lay Clerk at Chichester Cathedral) and Karol Jaworski (Queen’s College, Cambridge now Director of Music of St. Clement’s Church, Cambridge ), Jack Cooke (St. Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne).
Anyone who wishes to improve their singing and general musicianship will find these opportunities useful. If you would like to know more about these unique opportunities you should contact the Acting Director of Music via email using the subject heading ‘Choral Scholarship information’
You will be made most welcome.
Weekly Choir Diary:
Junior Choir Practice: Thursdays 6.30 – 7.30pm
Senior Choir Practice: Thursdays 7.30 – 9.00pm
Sunday Mornings: 9.45am-11.30am approx.
Sunday Evenings: 5.45pm-7.30pm
Occasionally the Choir sings at a variety of Civic Services/Memorial Services on a Sunday afternoon in addition to our regular Sunday Services.
Interested in joining St. George’s Church Choir?
You are most welcome to join us at choir practice, or come to a service and talk to James, or a member of the choir afterwards.
We have recently had a number of new members who’ve joined the Choir.
Or alternatively please telephone or email the Acting Director of Music.
Singers from other Churches are always welcome to come and join our Choir either as a one off or more regularly but please do contact our Director of Music prior to your visit for further details.