22nd May 2015
Voices of London Festival
The Choir will be appearing at two events during the 2015 Festival: the Festival Choral Evensong (21st June at 6.00pm) and the Festival's Finale
concert (27th June at 7.30pm).
Featuring more than 600 singers from across London and beyond, the Festival was founded in last year by five young choral conductors including Director of Music at St Mary Merton, Helen Smee. It showcases choirs of every size, genre and experience.
For more information and to buy tickets for the finale concert, visit the Festival's website.
Young people aged 18 and under are eligible for free Festival Passes, allowing entry to all workshops and events over the 2015 Festival (19th-27th June at St James's, Sussex Gardens).
1st September 2015
Our new (and first) organ scholar
We are delighted to announce that the Organ Scholarship 2014-15 - our first - has been awarded to Tristan McElderry. You can read more about him in our first blog post here.
2nd June 2014
Grant from The Ouseley Trust
St Mary's has been given a substantial grant from the Ouseley Trust to assist with re-forming its Boys' Choir (see below). We are delighted that the project can now go ahead from September 2014 - those interested in auditioning for the Choir should contact the Director of Music here.
For more information about the work of The Ouseley Trust, visit www.ouseleytrust.org.uk
18th Feb 2014
New boys' choir for St Mary Merton
We are delighted to annouce that from St Mary's is re-forming (see below) its boy choristers. From the summer term 2014, the Choir will be operating two parallel treble lines (girls and boys) who will share the services equally, as well as singing together reguarly for feasts and larger services.
We will be auditioning boys during February and March - if you are interested in the Choir and would like to know more, or arrange a (very informal) audition, please email the Director of Music. Boys needn't have had any singing experience, but should enjoy music and preferably be good readers. The Choir is open to boys aged 7-13 (school years 2-8)
For most of the 20th century, the Choir at St Mary's was made up solely of men and boys. During the 1990s, then Director of Music Walter Taylor opened the Choir to girls; since then the treble line has been mixed.
Why have two treble choirs?
We want to offer as many children as possible the opportunity to be choristers, and to support their musical education as efficiently as we can - and we want to encourage more boys to get involved with singing. By lessening the service load for each choir, we will be able to offer more musicianship training, one-to-one technique and theory teaching and have longer to prepare service music.
Will the boys' and girls' choirs ever sing together?
Yes! They will both sing at the major festivals, including Advent, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, Easter Sunday, Ascension Day, our Patronal Festival and Remembrance Sunday. Social events will continue to be mixed!
When will each choir sing?
The boys' and girls' choirs will alternate services, thereby regularly singing at both Parish Eucharist and Choral Evensong.
For more information on choristerships at St Mary Merton, please see Choristers.
Organ Lessons at St Mary Merton
Several of our choristers, and local young musicians, now receive organ lessons through the church with members of the music team. If you are interested in joining a growing number of young people taking up the challenge of playing the organ, please contact the Director of Music, Helen Smee: dom[at]stmarysmertonchoir.com
Lessons for choristers (in organ, piano, singing and theory) are heavily subsidised - please enquire for details.