Guest Roffensis Posted March 26, 2007 Share Posted March 26, 2007 A recent experience I have had is worth a mention I feel. I am not happy to mention which "major church" I refer to, or to any individual. Nor do I wish to apportion any blame. It is simply a set of circumstances, and shows how things can happen. The "Carrot" consists of a policy whereby choristers are given a place in a school of high standing. In other words, if your church has a chorister who is very good, the chances are that the parents, looking to further education, will quite rightly want the best possible for their child. Any parent worth their salt would. Next step, voice trial. A "major church" will of course be happy to take on an exceptional voice. It's in their interests to, and again, it makes sense. However, a "major church" may well have it's own schools to draw from..... the situation is tricky. It's the Carrot. It can rob parishes of their own youngsters, their parents attending the church, the choir of losing an excellent voice, maybe a head chorister, and it also places a constant threat to future choristers in a church. Why should a choirmaster train a chorister, only to have him cherry picked at an ideal moment? What is the point of trying to build up a choir? So the issue is not actually how something happens as such, but the way parents see an avenue to get a child a good school. I had to sit entrance exams. I offer no solution, I can only reiterate that the problem is there. At parish level it is very difficult indeed to recruit choristers, and when you do, teach them to sing, and to play organ or whatever, to read music, it can all be snatched away. No single body is to blame, only the "Carrot". You cannot blame the parents. But, one hears the question asked why there are so few choirs, why our congregations are falling. Here is one reason. When one spends a lot of ones time training, only to lose excellent voices, it does grate. Just a little! Personally, I shall carry on regardless, although I shall be training choristers at one particular parish only. And yes, I know!....I should have taken it as compliment that a chorister I trained from scratch was chosen. R Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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