Choral and Organ Scholarships
St Mary’s offers choral and organ scholarships to students in years 10-13 or pre university gap year. Auditions held at any time.
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Choral Services at St. Mary's
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Three of our choristers have just been awarded End of Year awards for outstanding academic achievement : Ella’s award is for Science, Natasha’s is for German, and William’s is for English. Natasha and Ella have also been awarded Merit and Distinction results in their summer term ABRSM singing exams. Congratulations to all !
Choral and Organ Scholar News
Lauren has set off on expedition to Zambia, to stay at the Fiwila Mission Secondary School in the Anglican Diocese of Central Zambia. Lauren will assist with teaching and with sports, and will also work on an infastructure project. (Recent projects have included building a dam to supply running water to the school dormitories). We look forward to hearing all about her exciting adventure on Lauren’s return.
Yvette, St Mary’s 2018 Organ Scholar, has just participated in the Oundle for Organists Course - this is a prestigious course held each summer, which all aspiring young organists aim to attend. They participate in classes and receive instruction in a number of essential skills for organists. Yvette is interviewed with other students by the course director, Anne-Elise Smoot, on this link http://oundlefororganists.org.uk/
Our services and scholarships are generously supported by the Ouseley Church Music Trust and the RC Sherriff Trust
Choral Eucharist is sung on the first Sunday of each month, except during August.
REMEMBERED – There But Not There
“I do commend this creative and imaginative project very warmly. I hope that many churches will want to engage with this during this next year. As we commemorate the end of the First World War it is vital that we remember and this project allows us to do so in a way that will engage with the imagination and be a real exercise in remembrance.”
The Most Reverend & Right Hon.
The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby
There But Not There, the 2018 Armistice Project of the charity Remembered, will be the abiding concluding image as we commemorate the end of the First World War. Over the coming months ghostly figures of First World War Soldiers (“Tommies”), representing the 888,246 servicemen who fell in the Great War, will be springing up all over the United Kingdom as part of a new fundraising campaign led by former Chief of the General Staff, General The Lord Dannatt.
The charity hopes to inspire communities to purchase and install half-body sized silhouettes of their local Fallen and to buy small Tommy figures. Remembered is set up to educate all generations about why the ultimate sacrifice was made by so many and to raise substantial funds (we have a target of £15 million) to help heal those suffering from the hidden wounds of war. One of our Patrons is Bishop Tim Thornton who is Bishop to the Armed Forces and our benefit charities are:
- The Royal Foundation: Heads TogetherWalking with The Wounded
- Combat Stress
- Help for Heroes
- Project Equinox: Housing Veterans and Medical Students
- Commonwealth War Graves Foundation
In church these clear acrylic life size silhouettes would sit in pews to commemorate the fallen of the parish and to bring them home. Each silhouette costs £42.
Members of the public will also be encouraged to buy their own 10 inch version of the Tommies, made by veterans. These cost £29.99 each (including VAT) and will be delivered in a presentation box. This box includes a voucher whereby, included in the price, the Tommy may be taken to any branch of Timpsons to have the name of a particular fallen soldier engraved on the stand. A 6’ Tommy can also be bought by businesses for £750.
For more information and to see both the silhouettes and the Tommies please go to the website www.therebutnotthere.org.uk
Vanessa Richards Trustee, Remembered
(Charity No. 117373)