Music at St Michael’s has been an important element in the worship since it began in 1852. We have one of the few fully functioning Parish choirs in the city of Christchurch. The principal choir is an SATB Choir of about 16 voices. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings 7:30pm – 9:30pm. With musical leadership at most 10:00am Sunday Masses and usually three 7:00pm Choral Evensongs a month, the very efficient and friendly choir covers a wide range of repertoire. The choir performs to a high standard.
If you would like to find out more about our active musical life contact:
Paul V Ellis (Music Director)
76 Fisher Avenue
Phone: (03)337 3370
Full Time Choir members sing at 10:00am Mass on Sundays, 7:00pm Festal Evensong 1st Sunday of the month and at major Festivals. They can choose to sing in the evenings as well.
Evensong Choir Usually sings 7:00pm 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month and is made up of full-time members rostered from the above and extras from the Deputy list.
Deputies A pool of singers who offer to sing on an occasional basis in their chosen voice part when a full-time member is absent. Entry to the St Michael’s Choir is usually through this channel. Some elect to sing only in the ‘Evensong Choir’.
St Michael’s Young Voices for all boys and girls of primary school age
Rehearsals once a week Wednesday afternoons 3:10pm-3:50pm
Training group 3:10pm – 3:25pm
Performance group 3:25pm – 3:50pm
Young people are encouraged to join where they will receive:
- Expert vocal and choral training
- Develop Music reading skills
- ‘Voice for Life’ training for RSCM ribbons/badges
- Develop confidence in performing in public
- Enjoy the fun and challenges of working in a team
When the children have completed their initial “White Level” they receive a badge and are promoted to the Performance group.
Am I good enough? In the initial stage you will receive training and be admitted into the “Performance Group” only when you are ready and have some degree of confidence.
Chamber Choir Further applications are invited from experienced and competent singers wishing to join the Chamber Choir. This is a mixed group of experienced and able singers. It consists of Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses. Most are of under-graduate and post-graduate age. Some are past members of the National Youth and Secondary Schools Choirs. Entry is open to good readers of all ages. The group sings at an Evensong on the fifth Sunday of the month if there is one. Occasional concerts are envisaged to promote works not often performed in New Zealand or to promote first performances.