Choir and Music

The Parish Church Choir is mixed with both adults and children. We are very proud of the standards we maintain singing a large Cathedral Style repertoire and two services, Choral Eucharist and Choral Evensong, every Sunday. We are a fun and welcoming group who enjoy singing and socialising alike. 

We have a junior choir, Sing It!, for children age 6 and above that meets weekly and sings with our main choir once a month. These children then, often, feed straight into the main choir as Trebles. All children are encouraged to take part in the RSCM Voice for Life sceme.

Our rehesal schedule at the Parish Church is;

Sing it!: Thursdays 6-7pm

Trebles: Thursdays 7-7:45pm Sundays 9:15am for a 10am service

Adults: Thursdays 7:30-9pm Sundays 9:15am for 10am and 5pm for 6pm service

We also have an ocasional choir called the Parish Singers. This choir joins with the main choir for special occasions and also sings services on their own here and there. These may be funerals, weddings, a full weekend or evening compline.

The Parish Church also has a close link with the Royal Agricultural University and our Organist and Choirmaster directs their chapel choir. They have recorded CD's and sing both at the uni and at the Parish Church and further a field.

Many people sing in one, two or three of these groups and we are very lucky to be able to make so much choral music at such a high standard.

Being part of any of our choirs will offer you a good grounding in music tuition and singing technique as well as stretching the more experienced singers in terms of repertoire. Our fine four manual Willis/Harrison organ supports our liturgy and adds enourmously to the fantastic standard of music in Cirencester. 

We are always very happy to receive interested enquiries from people who would like to join the choir and experience different styles and forms of music at a high level.

A small choir of dedicated members of the congregation help support the music at Holy Trinity.

For anyone wishing to join the choirs, you will be very very welcome!

We also welcome enquiries from anyone who might like to use our fabulous building for concerts or recitals.

Please contact the Organist and Choirmaster Hugo Kennard hugo@cirenparish.co.uk

  


Parish Church music from the 1980s and early 1990s

Cirencester Parish Church was one of many in the 1980s and 1990s, which kept a choral tradition of men and boys’ voices to a high standard.  It so happens that much of the music from the 1980s and 1990s period was recorded, and later digitised and compiled into a collection that anyone visiting the church can access and listen to.

 The collection includes a lot of well-loved anthems and settings for the Eucharist and Evensong, organ voluntaries, plus a fair sprinkling of concerts both sacred and secular.   To sample it, find your way to the desk under the tower, and use the computer there to select and listen to whatever you fancy. (See picture, right)

 There are over 4000 music tracks in the collection, the vast majority of them recordings of the choir run by the late Revd John, and Mrs Susan Beck from the 1980s and early 1990s, both here in the Parish Church and on visits to major churches elsewhere.  Other tracks bring the total up to about 5000.

 When John and Susan arrived in 1977 they began producing detailed service lists for every Sunday and major Festival.  These details are also in the database, so that you can look up any of those days in the period and see what was sung at Eucharist, Matins and Evensong  (whether or not a recording was made).  After John retired in September 1993, his successor David Ponsford’s notes were less detailed and not all have survived,  so the database is less complete from then on.

Concerts in the Parish Church are also included:  a total of over 3000 events in all for the period 1977 - 1996.

The recordings, which begin in 1980, were made by a local man, Brian Carter.  Brian was steeped in church life, had been a chorister in his youth, and was a member of the server team.  It’s amazing that most of the recordings are as good as they are, considering that Brian used a portable tape-recorder placed on the pew seat beside him, the last row at the back on the north side, next to the tower step.  Brian died in July 1996.  His last recording is followed by just two more:  of his own funeral, and of that of the Revd John Beck in April 2016

 Eric Roberts   01285 657231  feric.roberts@tiscali.co.uk

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The choir about 1985

 

 

Contact details

The Parish Centre, Gosditch Street, Cirencester, Glos. GL7 2AG

Tel: 01285 659317
E-mail: enquiries@cirenparish.co.uk

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