New choristers in All Saints Church junior choir at Holbeach have received new surplices. Archdeacon Justine Allain Chapman made the presentation to the 14 choristers who joined the choir when it was formed last year.
Of the total of 21 youngsters aged nine to 11 who first joined, 14 have stayed the course, attending practices every Friday evening where they learn to sing and also learn to play the recorder. They are also taught some music theory.
The Rev Rosamund Seal says in July the choir completed the first stage of their training and were given their certificates by the Bishop of Grantham. In the autumn, they received their cassocks and began to sing alongside the adult choir once a month. Now, having completed the second stage of their training, they have been given their white surplices. The Rev Seal said: “These young people have worked very hard and have developed their musical knowledge and have begun to show an excellent commitment to the choir.”
Barry Lancaster, the musical director, and the vicar have been into both primary schools in Holbeach to give a demonstration choir practice and have recruited the next cohort of choir children who came along for an introductory session at the end of February. Any boys or girls aged 8-11 who are local to Holbeach and who are interested in finding out more about joining the choir should contact Barry Lancaster on 01406 370665.