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Music at St Nicholas Church

Choirs of St Nicholas Harpenden

music@parishofharpenden.org


ABOUT THE CHOIR

Choir Members – click here

There is a long standing choral tradition at St Nicholas.  A Boys’ Choir has flourished since at least the 1900s and our Girls’ Choir was founded in 2009.  Our excellent Adult Choir consists of talented Sopranos, Contraltos, Counter-Tenors, Tenors, Baritones and Basses.  We have five Choral Scholars aged 16-18.  The choirs sing at 9.30 Sunday Eucharist and 6.30 Choral Evensong and on Feast Days.

NEWS

During the period of lockdown the adult choir has met virtually to socialise on Friday evenings via zoom, including playing silly games!  The junior choirs have also met via zoom and learned some of the music for the online services each Sunday.  Singers from all sections of the choir have recorded and videoed themselves for our hymns each week and for anthems too, as a virtual choir.

As well as Chris Muhley playing live from his home organ each week, we have used recordings of Derek Harrison, Julian Smith and Alex Hall accompanying us at previous services.  Choirboy Ivo is contributing organ music from a keyboard at home.

Services and recordings can be seen and heard on our YouTube channel by clicking HERE, and the music lists are below.

Virtual Choir in Covid Lockdown

JOIN US – New members always welcome!

Boys and Girls may join the choirs from the age of 7 and receive not only free musical and singing training, but also pocket money for attending, and fees for singing at Weddings!  Choristers move on to the adult section from about age 14 or when their voice changes. The boys and girls rehearse and sing services both separately and together, with and without the adult choir.

There are no auditions for the junior choirs as children will learn ‘on the job’, but to join the adult section you will need to be able to read music competently.  More details about the choir, including how to join, are available from the Director of Music or you can DOWNLOAD our recruitment document.

We offer Choral Scholarships (by audition) to excellent singers/musicians aged 15 to 18.  These are worth £50 to £100 per term depending on attendance.  Contact the Director of Music to apply or for more details.

Marie Price joined us as Director of Music in 2018.

Our Organists are Chris Muhley and Hannah Gill.

The Church and Choirs are affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music.
For further info, visit the RSCM St Albans, Hertford and Bedford Area website

 

MUSIC LISTS

May 2020

April 2020
March 2020 revised
March 2020 planned
February 2020
January 2020
December 2019
November 2019
October-2019
September-2019

July-August-2019 
June-2019
May-2019
April-2019
March-2019
February-2019

January-2019

December-2018
October-November-2018
September-2018
July-August-2018

Music Group and Orchestra

We have a Music Group who lead the worship at the 11.30 Morning Praise service every week.

We also convene an Orchestra on occasion for certain services, including the Crib Services on Christmas Eve.

If you are interested in joining the Music Group or Orchestra, contact the Director of Music who will connect you to the relevant people.


Organists and Directors of Music have included :

CB Kaye (around 1886)
ER Billingham (1897-1933)
HEW Sanders (1933-1940)
Connie Hogan (1940-1942)
J Loggie (1942-1943)
Stanley Bennett (1943-1944)
Stanley Milnes (1945-1970)
Victor Bowden and Mary Searby (1970-1972)
Michael Hammond (1972–75)
Robert Gower (1975-1976)
Charles Collins (1976–1981)
John Mower (1981-1983)
Norman Hurrle (1983)
Alan Boston (1983-1984)
Jonathan Walton (1984-1985)
Eric Pask (1981–2009)
Jonathan Eyre (2009–10)
Peter Hopkins (2011-2017)
Rob Bishop (2017-2018)