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Special services at Epiphany
Sunday 21st January at 6.30pm COMPLINE BY CANDLELIGHT
Sunday 28th January at 6.30pm CHORAL EVENSONG FOR CANDLEMAS
Celebrating the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, this brings the season of Epiphany to a close. Refreshments after the service.
Carol Collections for Thames Hospice
Thank you to all of those involved in Holy Trinity Church’s three carol services and to everyone who gave so generously to our retiring collections. A combined total of £1780.11 was raised for Thames Hospice.
Advent Carols by Candlelight = £440.15
Christmas Day Carols by Candlelight = £904.24
Epiphany Carols by Candlelight = £435.72 Thank you.
NEW CHORISTERS During December we admitted three new members to our choirs. Following three months of hard work and outstanding commitment, we will welcome Annalise Richards to the Girls’ Choir, Jack Mustard to the Boys’ Choir and William Wood to the Boys’ Choir.
They will each be presented with a surplice to mark their admittance as full choristers. We have also been delighted to welcome James Le Fleming (our Head Boy until July 2017) to the Tenor section of the Men’s Choir.
Congratulations to Caitlyn Barnes, who has been appointed a Head Chorister of the Girls’ Choir. She joins Mia Le Fleming and Laura Thomas in this role. She was presented with her medal during the morning service on 17th December.
On 5th November 2017 we celebrated our Musical Director Sara Wood's 50 years running music at HTC. There was a special performance of Jonah Man Jazz.
Girls’ Choir practice Tuesday, 7-8pm
and attendance at two morning services a month
Boys’ Choir practice Wednesday,
and attendance at two evening services a month
All new choristers join as probationers,
during which time they attend
just practices for several weeks.
NO AUDITIONS and NO TERMLY FEE. Just enthusiasm and a wish to sing and to improve.
NEXT TERM - the girls and boys will be
performing a choreographed performance
of the jazz cantata “Jonah Man
Why not come along to a practice to see
what it is all about? Please contact Sara
if you would like more details.
A CHOIR - THE MUMS!
On 16th October, Holy Trinity Church’s new Choristers' Mums' Choir sang for its first morning service. The seven members already offer huge commitment to our church by ferrying girls and boys to and from practices, working their ways around the termly schedule, sitting through practices, attending services, altering cassocks and various other 'choirly' tasks.
We wanted to offer them the opportunity to do something for themselves, as a way of thanking them for their support of the Choirs and of the Church. We already knew, from hearing their hymn-singing at morning and evening services, that there were some good voices lurking behind hymn books. This was proved to be true when they began rehearsals at the start of September. They worked hard each week to prepare three anthems and a setting of the Communion service. The ladies were also given the opportunity to choose the four hymns for the service. We hope that this fourth choir will be a regular fixture.
The Choir of Boys & Men (22 members) and the Choir of Girls (15 members) cover two services each Sunday (11am & 6.30pm) during term-time.
CHOIR PRACTICE TIMES
7.15 – 8pm Girls’ Choir
8 – 9.15pm Men’s Choir
6.45 – 7.30pm Boys’ Choir
The Boys and Men work together and as two separate choirs. The Girls sing for two Sunday morning services a month and the Boys sing for two or three evening services a month and occasional morning services; the Men sing every Sunday, either in the morning or the evening. The Boys, Girls and Men combine to sing for various special The repertoire of the choirs is extensive and varied – from traditional anthems to “Jonah-Mann Jazz” – providing vocal training and a musical education for free. The choirs sing in excess of six anthems during each Sunday (plus responses, canticles, psalms and Recordings, radio and television appearances and visits to cathedrals and neighbouring churches are a long-standing feature of the music at Holy Trinity.
Holy Trinity is notable for the provision of a choral evening service each Sunday and for its customary trilogy of carol services (Advent, Christmas and Epiphany), with the unique sixty-year tradition of holding its Christmas Carol Service on Christmas Day (6.30pm).
The choir sings for weddings and other special non-Sunday services throughout the year, both at Holy Trinity and at neighbouring churches.
Services at Holy Trinity are supported by the use of the three-manual pipe organ and a Bluthner boudoir grand piano. The pipe organ, after extensive restoration work in recent years, is one of the finest in the local area.
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 (aged10-18) or man interested in joining should please contact our Director of Music to discuss this further (Sara Wood: 01628 522593). email choirmistress