ABOUT THE CHOIR

Our thriving choir offers opportunities for boys, girls, and adults. 

There has been a choir at St Thomas' Church for many decades, singing to a very high standard and providing a great musical education to generations of young people. During a recent visit to the church, the Bishop of Worcester, the Rt Revd Dr John Inge,  said "St Thomas' Church's reputation for musical excellence is much deserved."

The choir welcomes boys and girls aged 7-18, who are recruited from schools in the Stourbridge area and further afield. They receive free singing tuition from professional musicians, and have a great deal of fun through a busy programme of workshops, rehearsals, services, concerts and other performances. One of the highlights of the year is our annual carol service: held by candlelight, the church is usually full to capacity. The boys and girls sing as separate choirs, sometimes on their own, sometimes supported by the 'back row' of adult singers. For major events, boys, girls, and adults sing together. 

Our aim is to provide a stimulating, safe, and fun environment where all our singers can develop their skills whilst enjoying themselves in the process. We use the Voice for Life scheme, with medals which reward boys and girls for their progress as singers. 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 young organists) have gone on to succeed in their careers: music, investment banking, law, and journalism, to name but a few. Our choir succeeds on teamwork, self-discipline, and the ability to get on with others. These valuable 'skills for life' give our members a head start in both life and work. There is a strong social dimension to the choir too. Singers work hard, but they also play hard, with day trips away at least once a term (laserquesting, ten-pin bowling, and much more).  

You can find out more about joining the choir in the join the choir section. 

You can also hear the choir's singing here.

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