CHORISTERS are to St Wulfram’s Church what the church is to Grantham - a great source of pride.
The parish church has been home to a choir for centuries, and in recent years new choirs have been introduced to build upon that success.
Director of music is Tim Williams (pictured), who took up the post in 2008. With the help of his assistants, he has built up the singing element of the church to five choirs - boys’, girls’, youth, adult and chamber.
Dr Williams said: “St Wulfram’s is one of the most active musical churches in the country, and I hope that it will remain so and build even more in the coming months and years.”
Of the 85 choristers at St Wulfram’s 40 are children, and a heavy emphasis is put on encouraging more youngsters to join.
The boys’ and girls’ choirs are for children aged between seven and 14, with after-school clubs running to give them comprehensive musical and vocal training.
Dr Williams said: “Just three years ago we had only seven children. It’s really grown in recent times.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm for making music in church and it’s very much seen as a fun activity.”
Dr Williams is keen to forge strong bonds with schools across Grantham and an outreach programme is underway.
He said: “The programme is to get young people involved in music.
“The tradition of young people being involved in church music is historic and it’s something that I’ve been keen to refresh and build on. We can confidently say that is something that has happened in the last few years.”
In 2008, the chamber choir was set up, made up of a handful of talented singers who produce music of a very high standard.
An even younger choir is The Voice, which launched last year for young people who fall between the children’s and adult choirs.
l To find out more about becoming a chorister at St Wulfram’s Church, call Dr Williams on 01476 401770 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
l The combined choirs will sing classic choral music at St Wulfram’s at 6.30pm on Easter Sunday.