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Choir schools struggle to fill places

Worcester, are experiencing a downturn in application

There is the time commitment involved. While parents of successful applicants receive financial help in the form of bursaries, they still have to devote a considerable part of the week getting their children to and from rehearsals

 

Choir schools of the calibre of King's School, Worcester, are experiencing a downturn in applications - and have been doing so for the past ten years. Some are getting no enquiries at all and others are being forced to dispense with the traditional annual auditions.

 

'Modern distractions' and 'the increasing secularisation of society' are being held to blame according to a recent report in The Times. There is also the time commitment involved. While parents of successful applicants receive financial help in the form of bursaries, they still have to devote a considerable part of the week getting their children to and from rehearsals and performances – estimated to be as high as 22 hours in some cases.

 

 Jane Hiley, an administrator at the Royal School of Church Music which is an umbrella group for all UK church music says that choir schools must bring themselves up to date in order to compete, saying, 'it is like a marketplace and there could be more modernisation.' 

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