what's involved?

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If you have seen our frequent requests for people to join us you may have wondered what you would be letting yourself in for. We hope the following might answer some of your questions, allay some anxieties and encourage a spirit of adventure!

Drummer Jim

1) Who would you like to have volunteer?

Anyone with a musical talent and enthusiasm. If you can sing or play a musical instrument we would like to hear from you, even if you are rusty. If you'd like a private one to one "audition" to know if your voice or instrument would fit in, we can arrange that for you.

2) How much am I committing myself to?

One evening's rehearsal - from 7.30pm until about 9.00pm on Tuesdays each week (often every other week) and from around 9.15am until 11am each Sunday, for the Mass. If you go to Mass anyway, that's 90 minutes of your time per week. We also play for one or two extras each year, and sometimes, weddings. 

3) Do I have to read music?

Not all of us can, and we manage! There are lots of ways of learning a song - recording it at rehearsal and working on it at home is one. We learn songs over several weeks at a reasonable pace for everyone. We also practice before Mass to help the congregation learn new material, and get familiar with it ourselves.

4) You seem to sing a lot of material - how long before I know all the songs?

The church's liturgical seasons dictate what we sing and when, so over about a year we cover most of our repertoire.

5) I’m not used to microphones and sound system.....

No-one has to go “live” straight away. You can sing or play without being linked to the sound system until you are ready and feel comfortable.

6) Can I have a few weeks trial - see how it goes?

Yes, that is no problem. See below.

7) There’s still some things I’d like to know…

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There is other information on this website, or you can email us with your enquiries. You can come and see us after Mass, or on a Tuesday night when we rehearse.

Our email address is on our Home Page

Singing praise to God is a joy and in Music Ministry it is also a privilege and reward in itself. We are blessed with an appreciative and enthusiastic congregation and wish everyone to feel they can participate fully in the music. Help us to continue serving the needs of the parish of St Thomas of Canterbury.

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