Church Music / Choir
There is a strong musical tradition in our parish church of which we are proud. We have an enthusiastic, robed, RSCM affiliated SATB choir of both adults and children, practising Friday evenings. At our main services we use a broad range of hymns and songs from Ancient & Modern (2013) and have Anglican Chant Psalms and choir anthems on most Sundays. Our choirmaster and organist is Jonathan Gregory.
The Church Choir
In more "normal" times the church choir sings each week at the 10.30am service and some choristers join us regularly at the 6.30pm services. Practices take place every Friday night from 7.30pm to 8.45pm, also in church.
During the pandemic choristers have recorded hymns for our Zoom services each week (e.g., The Lord's My Shepherd) and produced the music for a Service of Nine Lessons and Carols which was played on a loop over several weeks inside church, and the Tallis setting of the Nunc Dimittis for the Evening service, having previously recorded the Magnificat for our Son et Lumiere show in 2019. (The photo below is from Christmas 2019, with our previous choirmaster Stephen Tatlow.)
The Choir Reserve
On special occasions the choir is sometimes augmented by additional singers, who do not feel able to commit full-time to the choir, but nonetheless want to help out, particularly with the provision of a full choir for festivals, weddings, and other special occasions.
We have a pipe organ built by Forster and Andrews of Hull with two keyboards and twenty speaking stops, built around 1850 (though not for us - it was moved to our church in the early 1990s). It was restored in 1999.