Music at St Nicholas Church
Choirs of St Nicholas Harpenden
ABOUT THE CHOIR
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 seven Choral Scholars aged 16-18. The choirs sing at 9.30 Sunday Eucharist and 6.30 Choral Evensong and on Feast Days.
Boy Head Chorister Theo is moving to the back row, he has been a committed and helpful chorister for many years and will be missed.
Rafferty and Ivo will be installed as Head Choristers for the Boys.
Elizabeth M has become a Bishop’s Chorister after passing her RSCM Silver Award with High Commendation.
Olivia and Georgia H have become Dean’s Choristers after passing the RSCM Bronze Award Exam, both with Commendation.
Daniel, Izzy and Cheuk Ling will be admitted as Junior Choristers after completing their RSCM Voice for Life Light Blue training.
Lilianne and Kit will be admitted as Junior Singers and receive their surplices after completing their probation.
Congratulations to all!
We are back! We can now rehearse separate sections of the choir in church together but carefully distanced, so we can record music for our services, which are currently still on Zoom. Choral Evensong services are live in the church.
During the period of lockdown the adult choir met virtually to socialise on Friday evenings via Zoom. The junior choirs also met via Zoom to learn the music for the online services each Sunday. Singers from all sections of the choir have recorded and videoed themselves for our hymns and anthems each week as a virtual choir. We have recorded Choral Evensong once a month and used recordings we have from previous services.
As well as Chris Muhley playing live from his home organ each week, we used recordings of Derek Harrison, Julian Smith and Alex Hall accompanying us at previous services. Choirboy Ivo contributed 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.
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.
MUSIC LISTJan 2021 revised
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)