At St Martin-in-the-Fields, we are proud of the vocal ensembles that are nurtured within our walls. Our liturgical music making is led by our Choir, Community Choir and Children’s Voices. We have two choral training programmes, our Choral Scholarship scheme and St Martin’s Voices Fellowship programme. Our programme of cultural activity is led by our professional vocal ensemble St Martin’s Voices. St Martin’s Chorus perform at many of our choral concerts.
St Martin’s Voices is our flagship professional ensemble of talented singers who come together to sing world-class concerts and special services at St Martin-in-the-Fields and beyond. As well as their extensive concert and broadcasting programme, St Martin’s Voices explore the great classical music of our religious heritage at Great Sacred Music, a free event every Thursday at 1pm. The newest development to the music programme at St Martin-in-the-Fields is the St Martin’s Voices Fellowship, an advanced training programme for emerging professional singers.
The Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields have an essential musical role at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Each year up to ten scholars – many of whom are music college students or graduates – are appointed to sing at midweek services at St Martin’s during term time. They also gain concert experience through our lunchtime and evening concert series, and benefit from an extensive programme of training in different aspects of church and choral music.
The Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, our principal voluntary liturgical choir, joins with clergy and laity in leading our worship on Sundays and at significant festivals in the church year including Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. It strives to be amongst the leading voluntary church choirs in the UK, performing a wide liturgical repertoire on a regular basis to a high standard. As well as its busy programme of church services, the Choir gives occasional concerts at St Martin’s and in recent years has toured to Paris and South Africa, as well as visiting UK cathedrals including Liverpool and Canterbury. We are currently accepting applications in all voice parts.
St Martin’s Chorus is the newest choral ensemble at St Martin-in-the-Fields, founded in April 2015. It is a voluntary chamber choir, drawing from a pool of around thirty singers, that performs concerts of both major choral works and more intimate, small-scale works.
The Children’s Voices of St Martin-in-the-Fields was formed in 2014 and has quickly become an integral part of the St Martin’s musical community. This choir of 7-13 year-olds has joined our existing ensembles to regularly enhance our music-making at church services and concerts whilst providing invaluable musical training for its young singers.
Our Community Choir aims to advance the culture of enthusiastic participatory congregational music at St Martin’s, worshipping and gaining enjoyment in a pressure-free environment. Drawn from the St Martin’s community and beyond, the Community Choir sing two or three services a term, plus occasional choral workshops and other activities.
How to apply
Applications for the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields
We are accepting applications for places in the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, our principal voluntary liturgical choir, in all voice parts. To apply, complete the application form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5.00pm on Sunday 16 May 2021.
If you are interested in applying for other of our voluntary ensembles, please complete the appropriate form and email it to email@example.com. Applications are welcome at any time.
To register for information about future audition opportunities for St Martin’s Voices or the Choral or Organ Scholarship schemes please email firstname.lastname@example.org.