New musical opportunities at central Norwich church

St Peter Mancroft in Norwich, which is known for its strong musical tradition, has made some exciting changes to its musical opportunities for young people; and it is not too late to get involved.

The Church of St Peter Mancroft, opposite the Forum in Norwich's city centre, has a thriving musical tradition dating back over 500 years. It is known for its many concerts, recitals and bell-ringing. Now, after a review of its choral activities, it is announcing some changes to its Choral Scholarship Scheme and Girls' Choir

Its Choral Scholarship Scheme for young singers aged 16-25 will welcome its newest team of Scholars later this month. But there are still some vacancies. Choral Scholars have the opportunity to sing regularly for Sunday services, both as a distinct group and in support of the church’s other choirs.

In addition to gaining musical experience and being valued members of the Mancroft community, the Scholars will each receive £1,000 per annum plus funding for singing tuition. Those with choral experience and good sight-reading skills are invited to come for an audition.

St Peter Mancroft is also relaunching its girls’ choir this term, with a new name, St Cecilia’s Singers. Jody James, Director of Music for St Peter Mancroft said: "The new name better reflects the choir's membership of young women and older teenage girls. The choir will rehearse weekly and sing for a service usually twice a month. It will perform several times a year as part of the church’s admission free Mancroft Music concert series and will continue the tradition of singing Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols on the first Saturday in December; a popular fixture in the city’s musical life".
On Sunday, November 24 at 6.30pm St Cecilia’s Singers will sing for a special service at St Peter Mancroft, in honour of St Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians, whose feast day falls on 22 November. The service will celebrate women composers and lyricists who have contributed to the life and worship of the church through the centuries.
If you are interested in joining either the Choral Scholars or St Cecilia’s Singers or would like to find out more about St Peter Mancroft’s other choirs, please contact Jody James, Director of Music at  or 01603 610443.

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