Forget the blue overalls and think of the choir as the music group that rehearses every week and leads worship at two services every Sunday, with some members who have served the Church this way for decades! The skill and encouragement of Chris Howarth makes this commitment enjoyable, stretching and satisfying as we enter into and enrich the worship of St Martin’s. Our regular diet of hymns, canticles, psalms etc. is augmented most weeks by the added interest and challenge of an anthem. The choir has recently begun marking the various seasons of the church year in special services to which we welcome many visitors, often attending primarily for the music. This was exemplified by the very successful Flower Festival Concert in 2015 when our choir was joined by local singers, soloists and instrumentalists, and a Good Friday Concert 2016 with an augmented choir which included a moving rendition of Stainer’s Crucifixion.
Choir Practice takes place on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm
Bells are rung regularly for Sunday services from 10.30-11.00 am for the main Church Service. They have also been rung for all major services and special occasions during the year with thanks to our ever growing dedicated band of ringers.
Practice nights on a Thursday are always well attended. We would welcome anyone interested in learning, to come along on a Thursday evening at 7.30 pm to 9.00 pm and you will be sure of a warm welcome.
It generally takes about a year to be proficient enough to ring for weddings and services. Contrary to popular belief you don’t have to be strong to bell ring, it involves a sense of rhythm and learning the technique of how to pull the bell. It is a very social activity in that you can turn up at any church (providing it has some bells!) and you will be welcomed as a friend invited to ring and if it is a practice evening go down the pub afterwards.
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