The Abbey Choir is one of the largest all-male parish church choirs in the south of England. Singing on Sundays and feast days and major civic occasions, it contributes to services a wide range of music ranging from mediaeval plainsong to anthems and motets from the present day.
The life of an Abbey chorister is very rewarding, although demanding. The boys receive an excellent musical grounding and sing virtually every Sunday during term-time. As they progress, they gain concentration, start to sing solos and learn how to lead newer, less experienced recruits.
When their voices break, they now have the opportunity to sing with the men as choral scholars. Singing lessons are being generously provided by George’s Trust, founded in memory of a recent choral scholar who sadly died from cancer aged just 17.
The gentlemen in the choir live locally and have previous experience of singing in choirs. They value the opportunity to maintain a living tradition that has been lost in many other parish churches.
The commitment of all concerned is balanced by lighter moments, not least the many social and fundraising events throughout the year organised by the Friends of Romsey Abbey Choirs. These occasions usually involve the whole family, drawing in brothers and sisters, wives, mothers and even grandparents.
Further information about the Abbey Choir, including recruitment information, a detailed list of what it is singing at each service and an archive of news that extends over more than a decade, is available on its website, www.romseyabbeychoir.org.uk.