Director of Music:
Claire E. Stewart
MA., GTCL (Hons)., FVCM (Hons)., FNCM., LTCL., LRAM., LLCM., ARCM
Choir Report 2018/2019
As always it has been a busy Christmas for the choir. The choristers enjoyed singing at the Prize giving service recently, whilst the adult choir singers continue to make a valuable contribution in extra services. The forthcoming two week choir holiday gives a chance for a brief rest before the Trinity Term starts. An account from a former chorister who recently left, reveals the everlasting legacy of having been a chorister at Sandringham.
Claire E. Stewart Director of Music
“I remember when I first heard about the choir from Florrie. She told me about singing for the Royals, and Prize giving, and I was so amazed. The opportunities to sing in the choir are so incredible that words will never be able to say thank you enough. I started singing when I was five years old, and have always loved it dearly. My Mum would agree when I say that from when I became a chorister aged eleven, five years ago, my voice has improved and developed greatly. When I first started singing in Sandringham choir, I was an alto in my school choir and in my private lessons, I never sang anything different. In my grade 6 musical theatre exam, one of the things my examiner was most impressed by was my range, my ability to sing from very low alto notes to descant ones, and that was because of my opportunities as a chorister in the choir.
As lovely as staring at the Royal family is on Christmas Day, my favourite service will always be the Christingle service. Standing around the church, singing Away in a Manger, with the only light being from candles, gives me goose bumps every year. I just love it, also the sweets are a bonus too!
My second favourite service would be Christmas Eve, when it is dark and cold outside and everyone is so excited about Christmas Day. The Christmas Carols are lovely as well!
I will always have fond memories of my time in the choir”