St Margaret’s has a fine, enthusiastic choir of adults and children, which is mixed in both gender and age
Every Sunday, they sing an Anthem during the receiving of Communion. This not only provides a fitting background to focus our minds but a chance for the children to learn to sing a range of sacred music and the discipline of performing in a trained group of singers.
The Choir is affiliated to the local branch of the Royal School of Music, RSCM Oxfordshire. The Church is often the venue for Concerts provided by a number of organisations, including Oxford Pro Musica Singers and Summertown Choral Society.
Children are welcome into the choir from the age of 7. They do not have to read music or play an instrument, since much of the music may be learnt from memory at that age, but it does help if they can read fluently enough to read the words of new hymns and psalms each week. The Choir Practice is at 6–7.15 on Friday nights, and again at 10.00 on a Sunday morning. Pictured below: a Sunday morning pre-service choir practice.
All newcomers are looked after very well by the older choristers who guide them through the service and lead them through the music. The Choir Director often suggests that a younger chorister attends Friday night rehearsals only for the first few weeks before taking part in a service themselves, to get used to what is required.
For further information, contact the Organist & Choir Director.