Reading Minster Choir
The Minster Choir of boys and adults provides music for the Sunday morning Eucharist, a monthly Choral Evensong, and for special events and occasions at Christmas, such as the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, and the Midnight Communion Service and at Easter time. With currently have 20 members. The Choir and its music is an important part of the life of the Minster and its contribution to worship is highly valued and appreciated by clergy and congregation.
The music is drawn from the best of the church musical heritage, and is performed to Cathedral standard under the direction of the Master of the Choristers, Andrew Stafford and the Master of the Music and Minster Organist, Ian Hillier. Boys are given careful vocal training at each level, and are taught to read and understand music and the terms and style and to develop their vocal talent. At later stages they are prepared for the Choral scholarships offered by Oxbridge Colleges and other Universities. Currently our youngest boy is 7, and we recruit from a wide area around Reading. Parents provide help on a rota basis with registration and preparing a drink and snack for the half-time break at the Wednesday practice ( 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm ). There are very careful safeguarding policies in place. Boys are paid pocket money when they attend, as well as appropriate fees for weddings or special services.
If you are interested in joining the choir then please contact Andrew Stafford, Master of Choristers at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.