Chorister Open Day: Newark Parish Church

Saturday 7th March 2015

Children on song at Newark Parish Church
An evening service rounded off an afternoon of singing at Newark Parish Church on Saturday at an event aimed at attracting more potential choristers. Children in school years three to eight attended. They took part in rehearsals, ahead of a service, and were given an organ demonstration by Mr David Quinn, the organ scholar at Southwell Minster.

The event was organised by the new director of music at Newark, Mr Stephen Bullamore, who said he was encouraged by the enthusiasm of the children. “It’s great to have such committed youngsters and I hope they are inspired enough to keep on singing with the choir,” Mr Bullamore said. “It’s been a great day for a number of young people who haven’t sung in choirs before, and we hope to build on this in the future.”

The priest-in-charge at Newark, the Rev Stephen Morris, believes it is crucial the church does more to build on increased popularity of children’s choirs. “You will have seen the success from someone like Gareth Malone on the BBC, that a lot of children have grown up without an appreciation of singing,” he said. “However, since then more people are showing an interest, and a choir can help a child be brought up in a Christian community through human arts.”

I am most grateful to The Newark Advertiser
and the Director of Music for permission to reproduce this article.
David Cowlishaw
Southwell and Nottinghamshire RSCM Area Publicity Officer

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