JOIN OUR CHOIR
The Choir of St Bride’s welcomes new Members. If you have reasonable sight-reading skills (or wish to develop your skills) and are keen to sing a variety of sacred music week by week, we should be delighted to hear from you. There are also opportunities for guest choristers who are unable to undertake a regular Sunday morning commitment. Choral Scholarships may also be available for singers under the age of 25 and/or in full-time education.
Please e-mail our Director of Music, Alan Tavener, at firstname.lastname@example.org
A Little About The Choir
We are always delighted to hear from people who are interested in joining our Choir and contributing to our wonderful musical tradition, so please feel most welcome to introduce yourself if you would like to know more! The Director of Music is generally available after Sunday morning services to talk more about singing at St Bride's, or can be emailed at email@example.com
St Bride’s offers excellent development opportunities in choral singing and general musicianship. Choral Scholarships to the value of £800 per annum are available for those under the age of 25 and/or in full-time education, and Junior Choral Scholarships to the value of £400 per annum are available for school pupils, offering an ideal preparation for a university choral scholarship or further musical study. Opportunities are also available for those who wish to develop their organ playing or conducting skills within the context of the liturgy.
Further details of the Choral Scholarships, are available from Alan Tavener: (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our Director of Music
Director of Music - Alan Tavener BEM, MA (Oxon), MSc, ARCO, ARCM, ARSCM
Alan joined St Bride's in 2019 from Jordanhill Parish Church, where he was Director of Music since moving to Scotland in 1980.
He is a music graduate of the University of Oxford (where he was Heberden Organ Scholar at Brasenose College and when he gained diplomas in organ performance and teaching) and an educational research graduate of the University Strathclyde (where he focussed on the social, educational and health benefits of singing), where he was also Director of Music with responsibility for teaching, the promotion of a professional concerts series, and the direction of a wide range of student choirs, orchestras and ensembles, including Strathclyde University Chamber Choir [http://strathclydechoir.org/] which he continues to direct, and which has toured many times in Europe and further afield, has undertaken recorded and live radio broadcasts, and has released a CD of Romantic Scottish part-songs.
As co-founder and Director of Cappella Nova [https://cappella-nova.com/], Alan has made 15 CDs, all world premiere recordings, and directed the premieres of more than 60 commissioned pieces including major works by Sir John Tavener, James MacMillan, Roxanna Panufnik and Gabriel Jackson. As well as directing Cappella Nova on stage and leading singing workshops for established choirs and other organisations. In recognition of his ground-breaking work in Scottish early choral music, in 2008 Alan was invited to direct a master-class for postgraduate choral conductors at the Moscow Conservatoire, since when he has mentored Apprentice Conductors for the Association of British Choral Directors, and led sessions at the Association’s annual Convention. In 2011 he presented a paper on the holistic benefits of group-singing activities at the annual Making Music Conference.
St Bride's Choir in 1917
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