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.”
ABIGAIL KELLY soprano
JEANETTE WONG pianist
HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICE
CHARLES FRANK and ALICIA RUSSELL
PRESENTED WITH THEIR LIGHT BLUE RIBBONS
RSCM BIRMINGHAM AREA FESTIVAL 2014
CONDUCTOR: ROSEMARY FIELD
ORGANIST: MICHAEL PERRIER
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