Taking up singing for Lent?

Although January and February are often quiet months, they seem to have been busier than ever for the Choir and for the Minster’s Music Team, with much going on!

We welcomed 500 primary school children to the Minster for the Big Hymn Sing day, and our Director of Music has listened individually to almost 250 children sing in a local primary school.

We are hopeful that some of this hard work will pay off, as we are expecting a number of new recruits to join us, this evening, at our rehearsal, thus taking up singing in the Minster for Lent!  We extend the warmest of possible welcomes and hope that you will enjoy singing with us, and will do so for many years to come!

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First choral service of 2015

DSC00033After our Christmas break, choral services start, again, with Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Epiphany sung by the Minster Singers on Sunday, 4 January 2015 at 6.00pm at the Minster.  Music by Brewer, Cornelius, Daquin, and Smith will feature in the service to which all are welcome.

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2014 in review

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A very busy Christmas

The Minster Choirs ahead of the Civic Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

The Minster Choirs ahead of the Civic Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Members of the Choirs of Grimsby Minster are now enjoying a well-earned Christmas break after a very busy December featuring countless carol services as well as the regular round of choral services.  Somewhere in between all of the singing at the Minster, there was also time to sing at Grimsby Fish Market at some unearthly hour of the morning on the day after the Civic Carol Service, as well as to enjoy some relaxation together on the Choir Treat day and at the Chorister party.

A huge thank you to all of our singers, as well as to parents and everyone else who works so hard behind the scenes to enable everything that goes on at the Minster.  We hope that you enjoy the remainder of Christmas, and look forward to the first choral service of 2015: Choral Evensong for Epiphany on Sunday, 4 January at 6.00pm!

A few photographs of the run-up to Christmas are attached, below, for your enjoyment!

David, ready to sing at the Fish Market

David, ready to sing at the Fish Market

A very early morning, singing at Grimsby Fish Market

A very early morning, singing at Grimsby Fish Market

Singing for our breakfast in the canteen at Grimsby Fish Market

Singing for our breakfast in the canteen at Grimsby Fish Market

Some of the Choristers, pictured at the end of bowling whilst on the Choir Treat day.

Some of the Choristers, pictured at the end of bowling whilst on the Choir Treat day.

One hat is not always enough, as the Choral Scholars discovered at Frankie and Benny's, whilst on the Choir Treat.

One hat is not always enough, as the Choral Scholars discovered at Frankie and Benny’s, whilst on the Choir Treat.

The Choristers singing "Away in a manger" with the other children present at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve.

The Choristers singing “Away in a manger” with the other children present at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve.

A mountain of food at the Choristers' Christmas Party.

A mountain of food at the Choristers’ Christmas Party.

A special visitor interrupted his Christmas Eve to call into the Choristers' Party.

A special visitor interrupted his Christmas Eve to call into the Choristers’ Party.

Midnight Mass, including a spirited rendition of Schubert's Mass in G.

Midnight Mass, including a spirited rendition of Schubert’s Mass in G.

"Born that Happy Morning": Christmas day at the Minster.

“Born that Happy Morning”: Christmas day at the Minster.

Happy Christmas: on holiday with a box of chocolates to prevent starvation!

Happy Christmas: on holiday with a box of chocolates to prevent starvation!

Senior Choral Scholar, David Whitworth, attempts a getaway with rather more than his allotted number of chocolates!

Senior Choral Scholar, David Whitworth, attempts a getaway with rather more than his allotted number of chocolates!

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Nearly there…..

The Minster Choirs at Christmas

The Minster Choirs at Christmas

After a very busy Advent season with very many carol services, eucharists, evensongs, and various other events sung by one, more, or all of our Choirs, we are nearly at Christmas.  At the time of writing, we have only three services to go before the Choirs have a well-earned Christmas break.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Family Crib Service on Christmas Eve at 3.00pm, or to the Minster’s first Midnight Mass in very many years, Christmas Eve at 11.00pm.  The final choral service of the year will be the Festival Eucharist on Christmas Day itself at 10.00am!

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Diversity at the Minster

Some of the Minster Choristers

Some of the Minster Choristers

Not the stunning dance group, no, but our very own Minster Choir.

About fourteen months ago, all of our Choristers were boys and all were drawn from just one school.  Fourteen months on, and how different things look!

  • Our Head Chorister, Millie Brown, is a girl.
  • 50% of our choristers come from schools other than the former choir school.
  • 53% of our choristers and choral scholars come from other schools.
  • 67% of school age (7-18) singers who are Choristers, Choral Scholars, or who sing in the Minster Singers, come from other schools.
  • 75% of our Choral Scholars come from other schools.
  • Our school age singers come from seven different educational establishments in two counties.

We are very proud of how far we have come and that the wonderful experience of professional music making at the Minster is now open to all.  We provide a completely free, first-class music education, that, if bought, would cost about £50 per week per child!  More than that, Choristers are paid for singing at some services (Christmas looks like being a particularly lucrative time!) and receive several “treats” and outings during the year.

There is always room for new Choristers, Choral Scholars, or members of the Minster Singers.  If you are interested in finding out more, contact the Director of Music, Steven Maxson, to find out more.

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Happy New Year!

We celebrate the start of the Church’s year on Advent Sunday, 30 November.  Our musicians will be in action on three times at the Minster.  The morning sees the Choristers and Choral Scholars singing at the Sung Eucharist at 10.30am.

Votive candles in the Lady Chapel at the Minster.

Votive candles in the Lady Chapel at the Minster.

In the afternoon, a quartet of singers from our choirs sing at the St Andrew’s Hospice service, 30 November also being St Andrew’s Day.

The culmination of the day is the beautiful candlelit Advent Carol Service, sung by the Minster Singers, at 6.00pm.  Including music by Palestrina, Joubert, Robert Walker, and others, this is a wonderful, reflective way to start the season of Advent, as we look forward to Christmas.

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