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Singing Evensong at Worcester Cathedral

Worcester

On 19th July 2014 we sang Evensong in Worcester Cathedral...and it was wonderful! You can hear a small part of the service here

 

St Michael's Choir

20130828_Choir_Trip_to_Oxford_25We're not a large choir, but we do work quite hard! We lead the singing in the 9:30 Holy Communion service every Sunday and in the 18:30 Evensong on the first Sunday of the month.

We also sing for weddings, funerals and other special services during the year – e.g. a choral setting of the Passion on Palm Sunday, Patronal Festival (St Michaels, at the end of September), Harvest Festival, Christmas Lessons and Carols, and our popular Advent Carol Service. We also include secular music in our repertoire, and for the Patronal Festival we sing at a “coffee shop” on the Saturday.

We are often invited to sing at other events outside the normal church services, including an annual visit to a local hotel on Christmas Eve to provide seasonal music for patrons.

In 2013 we visited Miesbach in Bavaria to participate in a Music festival; while there we also sang during the evening service of the Catholic Mass (you can see photos here, and read a full account here.) More recently we led the singing for the weekday Eucharist in Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford (more photos here). We enjoy considerable support from the congregation and were delighted that 76 people made the trip to Oxford. St. Michael’s has a strong ecumenical tradition, and from time to time we include members from the Catholic, Methodist and Contemporary congregations.

20130828_Choir_Trip_to_Oxford_10We’d be delighted if you were to join us as a new member. We meet for practice on Friday evenings at 19:00 (7pm), and 30 minutes before service times. We don’t hold auditions as such, but we appreciate people who are prepared to make a commitment for regular attendance and are prepared to accept a challenge.

 

Choir trip to Miesbach, Germany

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We’re back! The choir trip to Miesbach in Bavaria was a great success.

Everyone arrived at the hotel on the appointed day, which considering the group travelled from two different airports and one station, on two different days, was an achievement in itself! We were also joined by Ross and Jacqui who had included visiting us in Miesbach on their holiday tour.

When we arrived at the concert hall on the Saturday morning, I think we were all dumbstruck at the size of the auditorium and the enormity of what we were about to undertake – The hall seated 450 people in the audience and we had been reliably informed it was a sell-out.

Choir_Trip_to_Miesbach5The concert went really well, after a very formal start with half an hour of speeches in 3 languages, with everyone thanking everyone else for coming! There were 5 choirs taking part – 2 German, 2 Italian and us. The standard was very high but we were well received and had very favourable feedback and compliments on our singing. Whilst each choir was on stage a picture of their home town was projected on to the backdrop behind them – we had a picture of St Michael’s Church. After the concert a lot of people asked questions about St Michael’s and our community.

On Sunday evening we sang at Miesbach Catholic church, sitting in the upper gallery, high above the congregation. The Priest asked us to sing at four points through the service and Greg played an organ voluntary after service. The acoustics in the Church were marvellous, the sound just hanging in the air as we finished. It was a wonderful experience to sing in such an environment and take part in worship in another country and another language.

Choir_Trip_to_Miesbach3Other than the music we had 3 days of unbelievable hospitality. Our hosts had arranged a walking tour of the town, a trip to a nearby village with mountains, lakes and even a cable car, and a whistle stop tour of the centre of Munich, as well as frequent trips to local restaurants!

It was all over too soon, but we all agreed the whole trip was a wonderful experience.

Watch out Miesbach – we’ll be back!

Click here for the full photo gallery

 

Our choir usually sing at St Michael's for the weekly 9.30 Communion and the monthly 18.30 Evensong services; and also for weddings, funerals and other special events.

Click here for more information about the Choir

 
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Sunday 26 March

Mothering SUnday

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