Music at St. Nicholas’ church

Wells Cathedral July 2022

Choral Tradition  

Boys’ Choir has flourished since Victorian times and our Girls’ Choir was founded in 2009. 

We have five Choral Scholars aged 15-18.  

Our excellent Adult Choir consists of talented Sopranos, Contraltos, Counter-Tenors, Tenors, Baritones and Basses. 

The choirs sing at 9.30 Sunday Eucharist and 6.30 Choral Evensong and on Feast Days. Music lists are below.

We are affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music

Contact : music@parishofharpenden.org

News

On Saturday 4 February we are hosting a concert by St Albans Cathedral Choir at our church, in aid of the Parish and the choirs. Our thanks to St Albans Cathedral Music Trust for choosing us as the venue for this year’s concert. We are delighted that our choir will sing with the Cathedral Choir in two items – Wesley’s Blessed be the God and Father and Parry’s I was Glad. Much of the music to be performed is taken from the Platinum Jubilee Service and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s Funeral Service. There are no tickets and entry is free, you are invited to make a donation in cash or by card.

Join us

Boys and Girls may join the choirs from the age of 7 and receive free musical and singing training, pocket money for attending, and fees for singing at Weddings! We currently have vacancies for boys and a waiting list for girls.

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 currently have vacancies for boys and a waiting list for girls.

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.

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Musicians

Marie Price joined us as Director of Music in 2018.

Our Organists are Chris Muhley and Hannah Gill

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Music Group and Orchestra

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

If you are interested in joining the Music Group, 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 (1985–2009)
Jonathan Eyre (2009–10)
Peter Hopkins (2011-2017)
Rob Bishop (2017-2018)
Alex Hall (2018-2019)

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