While our church building is closed, we can still worship together through music
Over the coming weeks we will be posting appropriate hymns and anthems. These are available through our Online Music.
These recordings were made specially by representatives of our Holy Trinity Church Choirs after the announcement of the suspension of services and prior to lockdown on Monday 23rd of March. It is hoped they can provide some time for calm contemplation.
The Boys’ Choir, Girls’ Choir and Men’s Choir between them sing for two services each Sunday (11am & 6.30pm) during term-time. Singing in excess of six anthems during each Sunday (plus responses, canticles, psalms and communion settings) the repertoire of the choirs is extensive and varied. Music at Holy Trinity is maintained to a high and constant standard.
The Boys and Men work together and as two separate choirs. The Girls work independently from the boys and men for most of the time. The Boys and Girls combine for occasional services (such as Mothering Sunday) and the three choirs (Boys, Girls & Men) sing together for Holy Trinity’s trilogy of carols services (Advent, Christmas Day, Epiphany) and at other special services during the year (such as Remembrance Day). Aside from Sunday commitments, the choirs also sing for weddings and memorial services throughout the year.
Recordings, radio and television appearances and visits to cathedrals and neighbouring churches have been a feature of the music at Holy Trinity throughout Sara Wood’s time as Director and Organist.
Since 2016 a fourth choir has come into being: the Choristers’ Mums’ Choir. Its purpose was to give mothers of choristers in the choirs a chance to sing themselves, as a thank you for their constant support of their children. This new choir has quickly become a valuable addition to the music on offer at Holy Trinity. Largely working on their own as a choir, the mums join with the Boys, Girls & Men for the annual Christmas Day Carols by Candlelight service.
Choir News 2020
NEW CHORISTERS: On Sunday 15th December we were delighted to admit Maisie as a full member of the Girls’ Choir and to welcome George and Tristan as full members of the Boys’ Choir. This was marked by the presentation of a white surplice for each of them to wear.
HEAD CHORISTERS: We were also pleased to appoint Hannah and Izzy as Head Choristers of the Girls’ Choir on that same Sunday. They each received a medal specially designed and made for our Choirs (by “Partners in Pewter”), engraved with their initials and the date.
FEATURED CHOIR: choralevesong.org is a website dedicated to the promotion and continuation of Choral Evensong throughout the country. Holy Trinity Church Choir was selected as December’s Choir of the Month – in recognition of our four choirs, our Christmas Day Carol Service, our weekly choral evening services and our maintenance of a regular Choral Evensong format. Previous ‘Choir of the Month’ selections included King’s College Choir, Cambridge and Bath Abbey.
EXAM SUCCESS: Congratulations to Jessica (a member of our Girls’ Choir), Joshua, Alex and William (members of the Boys’ Choir) who passed ABRSM Grade 3 Singing in December with superb marks. They prepared for the exam through sessions before and after practices and services – covering four songs (sung from memory), sight-reading and aural tests. All four worked with enthusiasm and determination and they have the certificates to prove it! Well done to all of them.
Choir Practice Times
Tuesday 7.15 – 8pm Girls’ Choir
Tuesday 8 – 9.15pm Men’s Choir
Wednesday 6.45 – 7.30pm Boys’ Choir
Sunday 10 – 10.40am Choristers’ Mums’ Choir
Services at Holy Trinity are supported by the use of the fine three-manual Walker pipe organ and a Bluthner boudoir grand piano.
Singing is an excellent health and brain benefiting activity amidst all the many weekly school and work commitments. The choirs have recently welcomed several new members, but enthusiastic singers are always welcome. Any boy (aged 7+), girl (aged 7-18) or man interested in joining should please contact our Director of Music to discuss this further email choirmistress