Choir and music

Choir and music

About the Choirs

Our choirs lead the sung worship throughout the year during Sunday services, special occasions including Christmas and Easter services and other events like weddings and funerals. The Senior Choir sings every Sunday and are joined by the Junior Choir on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, as well as for special occasions.

The choral tradition at St Andrew’s dates back over 300 years. Our current Senior choir has a membership of roughly 14, with several voices in each SATB part. The Junior Choir, established in 2009 by our present Vicar, Jamie Taylor, and late Director of Music, David Duvall, currently stands 12 voices strong and consists of boys and girls aged from 7 to 18. Junior choristers are paid a fee, with specialist RSCM training from our Director of Music also available.

 

The choirs meet to rehearse each week on Friday evenings (Juniors: 5:45-6:45pm; Seniors: 6:45-8pm), with a Sunday rehearsal at 9:45am prior to the 10:30am Eucharist. Rehearsals are held in the St Sarik room, a purpose-built rehearsal space for the choir complete with music library, robe storage, kitchen and toilet facilities.

The choirs’ varied repertoire spans music from the Sixteenth Century up to the present day and encompasses an array of different styles, with a particular focus on the English choral music of the 19th and 20th centuries. We are proud to sing a broad range of music which offers something for everyone to enjoy.

We are committed to upholding our choral tradition and are committed to support continued music-making within the church. In addition to our Victorian pipe organ, we have recently installed a brand new bespoke Viscount organ, capable of supporting the largest choirs and congregations. As well as supporting an Organ Scholarship, the PCC have also invested £50,000 into our new ‘Choral Foundation’, which will offer choral scholarships to talented young choral singers in the area.

We are friendly and welcoming and would be delighted to welcome new members to both the Senior and Junior choirs. If you are interested in joining, or would like more information, please contact our Director of Music, Hannah Towndrow, via music@sonningparish.org.uk.