St Andrews Church has a well-established choir, which meets every Friday evening at 7pm for practice.
Led by John Clenaghan, it supports the regular worship of the church and church festivals, most notably Nine Lessons and Carols at Christmas and a special choral Evensong for Holy Week.
Currently there are more than twenty-five singers made up of the usual four parts and a small but highly valued treble section.
St Andrews Junior Choir is a training choir for children aged from 7 upwards who might be interested in joining the main church choir. The training follows the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) ‘Voice for life’ syllabus. It covers aspects such as singing technique, basic understanding of music and the role of the choir in church services. Children are then able progress to join the full choir when they feel ready.
Occasionally members of the Junior Choir perform a short song in front of the main Sunday morning congregation.
The Junior Choir meets between 6.30 and 7.00 pm on Friday evenings during school term times, just before the main choir practice, to allow members to stay on and join the main practice, when they feel ready to do so.
The Junior Choir is led by Sarah Needle, who also occasionally coaches older children in the choir to achieve the more advanced RSCM grades.
Any wanting to know more information about the choir should contact the vicar or churchwardens or just turn up at 6.30 pm on a Friday evening.
The Choir usually turns out in force for weddings when requested – do look for further details on the weddings page.
CURRENT DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
John Clenaghan (2014 – present)
PAST DIRECTORS OF MUSIC
Richard Wardell (2005 to 2013)
Brian Watkins (1998-2005)
Ken Dean (xx to 1998)
Ken and Brian both regularly step in to allow John a holiday or to play when John is busy conducting the singers.
THE CHORISTERS PRAYER
Bless, O Lord, us Thy servants,
who minister in Thy temple.
Grant that what we sing with our lips, we may believe in our hearts,
And what we believe in our hearts, we may show forth in our lives.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.