Music Outreach

Music
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7:30am Morning Prayer
8:00am Eucharist
8:30am Doors open for sightseeing
12:30pm Eucharist
4:00pm Last entry for sightseeing
5:00pm Choral Evensong

Music Outreach

Up and down the country, churches and cathedrals are responding imaginatively to the need to support the musical education of the next generation. Above and beyond promoting the excellent opportunities which Choristership offers to boys and girls, institutions have partnered with schools and education hubs to deliver outreach and education programmes.

The Choir Schools Association championed this work with its Chorister Outreach Programme, supported by government funding from 2007-2010. This legacy continues, and, regardless of whether a link can be forged between outreach and Chorister recruitment, Cathedral music is worth sharing.

OBE Organ Project

St Paul’s recently launched a project to take organ music – and digital organs – into primary schools, and to run workshops in the Cathedral. This was given impetus by the William Drake organ in the OBE chapel, which has now been heard by thousands of London children. This project is about broadening horizons and enriching school curricula. It is funded by the Order of the British Empire. Schools are selected by St Paul’s Cathedral in partnership with Learning Trusts.

Singing Scheme
 

Thanks to further support from the OBE, St Paul’s is also piloting a singing scheme. This involves choral workshops, singing assemblies, and opening the Cathedral up to partner schools and their choirs. This is in addition to the Cathedral Choir’s commitment to sing Evensong in every Deanery in the Diocese of London over the course of eight years.

Hackney Children's Choir

The singing scheme also involves a partnership with the Hackney Children’s Choir for the year 2015-2016. The Hackney Children’s Choir teaches children to read music, learn the choral repertoire, and gain from culturally enriching experiences. The formula is a simple one – musical and behavioural expectations are high, and the environment is friendly and supportive.

There is no cost to families, and the Chapter are keen for children of all backgrounds to be involved. The Choir rehearses every Tuesday during term time, 4-5.15pm at St Paul's Church, West Hackney, and gives performances locally. Occasionally, the Hackney Children's Choir sings in St Paul’s with the world-famous Cathedral Choir.