Recruitment drive as long-standing Bury choir looks for new members

St Mary's Boys Choir, Bury St Edmunds at  York Minster

St Mary's Boys Choir, Bury St Edmunds at York Minster

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The search is on for more choristers for Bury St Edmunds as one of the oldest choirs in the town aims to expand its membership.

The Boys’Choir at St Mary’s Church has existed for hundreds of years.

It is also seeking out new members for a new Girls’Choir as well as the Ladies Choir.

While the choir achieves a very high standard organisers accept that newcomers may not have done much singing previouusly but say they will be very welcome regardless.

Each choir is run separately but they join forces for special occasions.

Pocket money is paid for attendance and a number of fun activities and events are held.

Last week there was an informal chorister’s concert in the church where youngsters brought along their musical instruments and also enjoyed singing in a barber shop quartet .

This Christmas young choristers enjoyed a trip to Planet Laser in Bury.

The choirs are also planning a five day trip to Cologne during October half term.

Adrian Marple, director of music, said: “These days there is quite a lot of competing interests for youngsters.

“Once they’re in the church they love the music but it does require a level of commitment.

“Often a busy boy or girl will be the one joining the choir.”

The Boys choir practices on Tuesdays at 4.30pm the Girls at 5.30pm.. The Ladies meet at 6.30pm.

On Friday 7pm to 8.30pm for Boys and Mens choirs practice. Contact Adrian on 01359 270611 for more.