Good church choirs are a rarity in many parts of the country these days. However, St Philips can be proud that it maintains music making of a high standard all the year round.
The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music, and several of the members have participated in the Awards Scheme, and have gained a great deal of confidence and valuable practical musical knowledge in doing so. Most of the choir are very committed to the church, and some act as PCC members, and support each other and the church in many different ways.
The choir's main role is to lead and enhance the weekly Sunday worship, and at major church festivals. Occasionally, they join with other choirs for special services or participate in special choir events.
There is a weekly choir practice on Friday evenings at church between 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm, to rehearse the music for the forthcoming services, and any prospective choir member would be very welcome. There are no auditions as such, and the aim of the choir is for anyone to develop the gifts and ability God has given, by singing as a group. Everyone's contribution is important and valued, and each person helps another by their presence and efforts.
The music sung, (mainly with organ accompaniment) consists of a wide range of styles and periods, ranging from Tudor church music to contemporary worship songs and anthems. Various Eucharist service settings are sung at the main Sunday Mass at 10:45 am. There is a Choral Evensong on the second Sunday of the month at 5:00 pm.
We are pleased that we have recently recruited young choristers from the local schools. So if you are interested in joining our choir you are very welcome to come along at 7:00 pm on a Friday evening.