Bishop’s Chorister Awards
Wednesday 10th May 2017
TALENTED young singers from across Suffolk who contribute to the life of the church communities where they live have received awards from their Bishop during a special ceremony at the county's cathedral.
Choristers from three institutions within the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich have received the Bishop’s Chorister Award from the Rt Revd Martin Seeley, during the ceremony in Bury St Edmunds.
They were: Matilda Cutting, Simon Lockyer, Adam Lockyer, Joella Kajoba and Euan Chalmers, of St Mary-Le-Tower, the civic church of Ipswich; Matthew Lopez – Clift, Toby Cannon and Charlotte Fawdry, of St Mary’s, Bury St Edmunds, and Jamie Sparkes from St Edmundsbury Cathedral.
They were joined by many current award holders and the Cathedral Lay Clerks for a celebratory Evensong service at the cathedral on Saturday. (6 May)
Bishop Martin said: "I am delighted to be able to recognise how these young people have excelled in using their musical gifts to sing to the glory of God.
"It is a recognition of both their talent and hard work, and of their contribution to the life of the church communities where they live."
The Bishop was assisted with the presentation of awards by Philip Banks, Residentiary Canon at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, responsible for music and worship.
He said: "It is wonderful to see these amazing young people receive the Chorister Award from the Bishop. Congratulations to them all."
The choristers’ contribution towards the life of their church was among the qualifications for the award. They are now able to wear a special badge when they sing in their church choir.
James Thomas, Cathedral Director of Music, added: "This is a substantial achievement. The award, equivalent to the Royal School of Church Music’s Silver award, involves not only singing to a high standard but also aural and sight-reading tests and a good deal of biblical and liturgical knowledge."
The service included the setting of the Canticles by Stanford in C, and the anthem ‘Let all the world’ by Vaughan Williams.
Pictures by Tom Ames.