We believe that music is a vital and
intrinsic part of worship, and as well as giving a much-valued lead in
the singing of hymns and songs, our four-part choir makes its own
particular contribution on almost every Sunday of the year by presenting
a piece of music to complement the theme of the service.
are we ?
There are about a dozen of
us - sopranos, altos, tenors (yes, tenors !) and basses - and we are all
active and enthusiastic members of the church. Some of us are singers
of long and wide experience, while some of us are still developing our
skills, but all of us enjoy using the talents we have been given to
praise God and contribute to the worship.
do we sing ?
Allowing for relatively
small numbers, we'll have a go at most things ! The aim is to use the
whole range of musical styles, forms and periods to find material which
will contribute to worship and, if possible, complement the theme of
each service. So on one Sunday we may sing a traditional four-part
anthem, on another it might be a modern worship-song, on another an
arrangement of a song from Africa, or China or the Caribbean, or a piece
from the Iona Community. Depending upon which is most appropriate, we
may use organ or piano accompaniment or sing unaccompanied.
do we practise ?
On a Wednesday evening, at church, from
7.00 to 8.15 pm. As well as working hard to achieve the best standard
we can, we also have fun and enjoy each other's company - and on one
Wednesday in the summer we go out for a Choir Dinner !
Yes. Particularly for the
main festivals of the Christian calendar. At Christmas we take
responsibility for a complete service, preparing carols, readings and
prayers, and we also make special contributions at such times as Easter,
Church Anniversary and Harvest Festival. From time to time we are asked
to prepare music for other one-off occasions, and we have been know to
put on special concerts. Further afield, we have been involved in
celebrations of Christian music in other churches and at events
organised by the Royal School of Church Music, to which we are
Yes. We should love to
welcome new singers - you don't have to have a wonderful voice or be a
skilled sight-reader, you just need to be enthusiastic, willing to
learn, and to want to use music to witness to the Christian gospel.
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