Choral Scholars Initiative

St Philips

St Philip’s Church and grounds

The Sandford and St Philip’s Choral Scholars scheme was established in January 2016 to provide music students of secondary-school age with an opportunity to participate in liturgical choral singing at a high level, supported by tuition in singing and music theory. As well as providing a unique educational opportunity, the Choral Scholars enrich the musical and liturgical life of the parish, and so build upon our strong musical traditions.

Since the scheme was established, the Choral Scholars have sung at a number of special services and events, both alone and together with the Choral Union. They have sung the office of Choral Evensong on several occasions, and also led the singing at the parish confirmation service, the St Patrick’s Day service of Holy Communion, singing music as Gaeilge by Seán Ó Riada.

The scheme is open to second and third-level students who are interested in improving their musicianship and vocal technique, while singing with a friendly and committed group. Choral Scholars have access to vocal lessons and tuition in music theory. Choral Scholars sing frequently at Sunday services in Sandford and St Philip’s, at Choral Compline in Sandford Church, and at other events in the parish and elsewhere.

If you or your son/daughter is interested, please contact David O’Shea ( for further details or to arrange a meeting.

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