ECS is a choir comprising choristers from RSCM-affiliated churches [or individuals, who are full RSCM members] mainly from the area of Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands). It currently has approximately 35 members.
The main focus of ECS activity is a week of Cathedral singing in the summer [usually the first week in August], during which all choral services would be sung. This would normally include choral Evensong daily, two or three services on Sunday and any other special services as planned and directed by the cathedral. At these services we all wear our own choir robes, reflecting the mixed composition of the choir. ECS also provides choral support for some special services in the Archdeaconry of NW Europe [eg ordinations], and occasionally gives concerts.
The choir has a core of regular participants, and other members, who join us from time to time, so new singers with the appropriate voices and skills are welcome. In line with other RSCM Cathedral singers groups in the UK, it is expected that our members will have attained [or be at a level of ability, equivalent to] the RSCM Silver Award. Where an applicant does not yet have such a qualification, a voice and music test would normally be required.
We are a varied group in ages and nationalities and the language of the choir is English. If you are interested in joining the ECS, please contact Martin van Bleek.