Famous musician visits Newark to present Cathedral Music Trust
Dr Flood was representing the Cathedral Music Trust, which gave the church a grant of £5,000, to support singing lessons for the choir.
Dr Flood said: “In a new collaboration, the Cathedral Music Trust and the Royal School of Church Music have created a system of grants to parish churches seeking to extend and develop their musical strengths and achievements.
“It was a huge pleasure for me to come and celebrate the award of £5,000 to the music department at St Mary Magdalene and to be able to encourage the community in all its endeavours.
“The choir sang beautifully and I had the chance to meet them briefly.
“I know talented musicians will get the most out of this extra support for their future development and I look forward to hearing more.”
Dr Stephen Bullamore, music director for the church, said: “The Cathedral Music Trust grant enables us to enhance what we can offer children and young people in Newark and surrounding areas who sing in our choir. ”
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The cathedral-style church choir is supported by the Magnus Educational Foundation, allowing choristers to also receive free instrumental music lessons alongside their training.
Choristers generally join the choir between the ages of 7 and 11. There is also a scholarship program for older youth.
Rehearsals are held at the singing school twice a week after school, preparing the choir to produce a glorious sound for Sunday services and civic events.
Also this week, the church has set up a program to offer pianos on loan to choir members who wish to deepen their musical understanding and improve their training with piano lessons.
Dr Bullamore said: “This comprehensive training allows our choristers to quickly develop their skills and make a huge contribution to the musical life of the church and the city.
“Our choristers gain self-confidence as they progress through the choir, achieving great things along the way. Along with the obvious musical prowess they acquire, it gives their education a boost and they improve their lives, learning teamwork, communication and concentration.
Kian Arundell, 11, who received one of the pianos on loan, said: “Having a piano at home means I can practice whenever I want – it’s brilliant.”
Choristers come from all over Newark and surrounding areas and there are opportunities for adults and children alike.