The Trebles Group practice Fridays
from 6.30pm to 8.00pm
The Choir every Friday practice
from 7.45pm to 9.00pm
What does the choir bring to our worship?
Clear leadership, assisting the congregation in both the singing and the said parts of the service
Added richness to our singing, by singing harmonies and descants
The chance for the congregation to experience a whole different dimension of worship as they listen to the choir sing music on their own, of a kind the congregation would not be equipped to perform. Nowadays there is a tendency to assume that one needs to be making a noise in order to worship. That is not completely true; to fully engage in worship we need to use our ears (and indeed our eyes) as much as our mouth.
A sense of tradition and continuity, by singing music which previous generations have found of value as well as the best of what is new.
Beauty, to the best of our ability, because we believe that beautiful worship is an appropriate response to our God who is the source of all beauty.
The chance for individuals to exercise their musical gifts to the glory of God.
Recorded Music by our Choir
Christ Church Choir
Christ Church’s Director of Music is Tim Ingold
Music-for-Worship at Christ Church
God has blessed the church with a whole range of different styles of music.
Music is a vital and natural part of the worship of God, and it has been so since the days of the patriarchs.
The choir of Gloucester Cathedral sang at the consecration of Christ Church, just 175 years ago; but within a few weeks a robed choir was established here, and it has been the backbone of the strong musical tradition here at Christ Church ever since.
AIM HIGHER – JOIN THE CHOIR!
Are you a secret singer? Does your bathroom resound to the sound of your voice?
That’s good – medical opinion is clear that singing brings real benefits, both physically and emotionally. But medical opinion is clear that those benefits are much enhanced by singing in a choir or chorus.
Singing together enables us to achieve more than we could ever hope to achieve on our own; and there’s a lesson there that should come as no surprise to Christians. We learn to listen to one another, to cooperate and not just be strident individuals, and to value one another.
The living tradition that is Christ Church Choir has been achieved by the regular addition of new members, and the handing on to them of the skills and experience of those who have served before them.
Without that regular infusion of new talent the choir would long ago have ceased to exist.
So the choir is looking for new members, to enable it to continue to lead the worship of God’s people here.
If you have a voice, and care about the future of the music in our church, we would love to hear from you.
If you are a brilliant musician with years of experience you will of course be very welcome.
If you have little or no experience but would like to learn (and are not afraid of making mistakes along the way) that would be fine too.
There is no formal audition and you don’t have to be great at reading music – most of us in the choir now picked that up as we went along. Have a chat with Tim Ingold, our Director of Music, if you think that singing in a choir might be for you for you.
What do we expect?
Regular (though not invariable) attendance at choir rehearsals on Friday evenings and at services where the choir is singing (typically 3 or 4 times a month).
Willingness to learn with others and in particular from our Director.
Willingness to recognize mistakes and learn from them.
What can you expect?
Being part of a group with common aims and ambitions
Training to grow your musical skills and confidence
The chance to achieve what you never thought you could
The chance to sing a wide variety of music, including some of the best ever written
Opportunities to sing in occasional special events and in some wonderful places
The huge satisfaction of using your talents in the worship of God
We would love to hear from you.
If you would like to get involved with Christ Church’s music-making.
Please contact Tim Ingold,(through the church office).