Music at St Thomas' Church, Stourbridge

There has been a thriving choir at St Thomas' Church for over 150 years, singing to a very high standard and providing an amazing opportunity for generations of young musicians. During a recent visit, the Bishop of Worcester (pictured) said, "St Thomas' Church's reputation for musical excellence is much deserved."

The choir welcomes boys and girls aged 7-18. They receive free singing tuition from professional musicians, and enjoy a busy programme of rehearsals, services, concerts, social events and trips away. One of the highlights of the year is the annual candlelit carol service when the church is usually full to capacity. The boys and girls work separately, sometimes on their own, sometimes supported by a group of adult singers. For major events, boys, girls and adults sing together.

We provide a safe, stimulating, and fun environment where all our singers can develop their musical skills and confidence whilst enjoying themselves in the process. We use the 'Voice for Life' scheme, which rewards progress in singing. There are a number of 'ex-trebles' (teenagers who have remained with the choir) who act as mentors and role models to the younger children.

Many of our former singers and organists have gone on to succeed in their careers: music, investment banking, law, and journalism, to name but a few. The valuable life-skills which make our choir successful - teamwork, self-discipline, and the ability to get on well with others - give our choir members a head start in education, work, and life.

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