Two of our choristers did extremely well in the external examinations of the Royal School of Church Music. In February, an examiner visited our church and tested Létitia Treacy in the Bishop’s Award (Purple Ribbon) and Oscar Lyttle in the Dean’s Award (Green Ribbon).  They both passed with Merit, a fine achievement. They were presented with their new ribbons in church on Mothering Sunday, and will have them formally  presented to them by the RSCM at the Cathedral in October.

The picture below is of  Létitia and Oscar, along with Daniel Blackledge (Dark Blue Ribbon)  Amber Lyttle (Light Blue Ribbon) and Ben Cusack (Light Blue Ribbon)



FOLLOWING BAPTISM SERVICE ON SUNDAY APRIL 21st


THE CHOIR  SET OFF FOR A CHOIR LUNCH


BEFORE JOINING UP WITH OTHER RSCM CHOIRS TO SING


EVENSONG AT ST PATRICK’S EARLSWOOD

AS PART OF THEIR PRIMROSE WEEKEND


   In May our special event was the musical ‘Saints Alive!’ by Roger Jones, sung on the evening of Pentecost.  The choir sang with enthusiasm, and enjoyed acting out and singing the story of Pentecost.  There were some very good solos, and instrumental accompaniment was ably provided by pupils from King Edward VI Camp Hill Schools. We were pleased to have a large and appreciative audience for this event.


      To complete the term the choir took a large part in July Morning Praise.  The theme of the service was ‘The Good Samaritan’, so the choir prepared an acted and updated version of this well known story. In the 1970s this had been updated to ‘The Good Punk Rocker’. Simon Palmer decided that in the 2000s ‘The Good Merchant Banker’ might be more appropriate!  The choristers enjoyed taking part, and their efforts were appreciated by the congregation. The choir also sang a most effective anthem by Will Todd called ‘The Call of Wisdom’ which had recently been composed for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  At the same Morning Praise service on 14th July, Simon was delighted to award ribbons and surplices, and welcome one new chorister.  Congratulations to all of them!


Probationer Masie Robertson

Surplices  Amy Blackledge, Madi Russell and Alicia Russell

Light Blue Ribbon  Isaac Robinson  Dark Blue Ribbon Amber Lyttle and Ben Cusack


               The ‘Birmingham Post’ on June 28th, published an interview by Christopher Morley with one of our former choristers, Abigail Kelly.


       Abigail told Christopher that she first realised she had a voice when her piano teacher encouraged her to join the choir at her local church of St Faith and St Laurence in Harborne.


  “I sang there about three times a week, and the detail that was put into our choir rehearsals was truly inspiring. We sounded pretty good as amateur choirs go! I was given the opportunities to sing plenty of solos which cured my initial nerves about singing alone in public too. I try and get back to sing with them when I can and it’s always a pleasure to do so.”


AUTUMN CONCERT

OCTOBER 4th


ABIGAIL KELLY soprano

(see above)


JEANETTE WONG pianist

HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE

OCTOBER 12th

CHARLES FRANK and ALICIA RUSSELL

PRESENTED WITH THEIR LIGHT BLUE RIBBONS

2013 2014

RSCM BIRMINGHAM AREA FESTIVAL 2014

CONDUCTOR: ROSEMARY FIELD

ORGANIST: MICHAEL PERRIER

DEAN’S AWARDS

BEN CUSACK, LENAEE HAMILTON and DANIEL BLACKLEDGE

AMBER LYTTLE and ISAAC ROBINSON

WERE PRESENTED WITH THEIR GREEN RIBBONS

FOR THEIR DEAN’S AWARDS ON DECEMBER 14th

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