The choir lead worship every week at the Parish Eucharist on Sunday at 9.30am
On the first Sunday of each month Choral Evensong is celebrated using the Book of Common Prayer.As from 1 September choir Practice is every Thursday evening from 6 - 7.30 pm - new members always welcome - contact Brenda Harris
CHOIR LEADER AND ORGANIST
Until recently we were very fortunate to have as our organist, Colin Hamling, who accepted the position as Principal Organist and Choir Director at the beginning of 2009. Colin, by profession a chartered electrical engineer, is a Director and Competitions Secretary for the prestigious International Organ Competitions and Festival at St Albans Abbey. He is also a Trustee of the Eric Thompson Trust which provides financial assistance to young organists, and would be delighted to hear from anybody who can sing or play an instrument.
Brenda Harris, who has been choir leader for many years, writes:
"Our regular choir practice is on Friday nights, but we also have other activities promoted by the Royal School of Church Music. They are an incredibly supportive organisation, and organise diocesan training events throughout the year.
All this in addition to choral exams based on their “Voice for Life” scheme which we use for any juniors working with us. The RSCM’s aim is to help all choristers to “sing with the spirit and with understanding”. Not only that, the RSCM’s mission is to help all churches “endeavour to maintain a high standard in the sung and spoken parts of the church services”.
At the RSCM Area Choir Festival on 29 March 2014 we will join hundreds of choristers from churches in the diocese for a special service at St Albans Abbey. We really are privileged to have such high quality support and it makes our parish subscription to the RSCM well worthwhile.
We hope to persuade more juniors to join us on a regular basis. They are always included in the diocesan training days while another part of the parish training we do uses the RSCM “Voice for Life” scheme. Our juniors have the advantage of free musical training and can also prepare for medal awards run by the RSCM, similar to the independent Associated Examining Boards. Opportunities like that can be a real excitement for youngsters who enjoy their music ………and there is always room for more choristers, juniors and adults alike!"
8.00am: Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer (this Service lasts around 45 minutes)
9.30am: Parish Eucharist - this is the main Sunday Service
10.30am: Family Service on the second Sunday of the month. The Service lasts about 40 minutes.
6.30pm: On the first Sunday of each month a Choral Evensong is celebrated using the Book of Common Prayer. The Service generally lasts just under 1 hour.
- On the third Sunday of each month Holy Baptisms take place at 11.30 am.