The Choir sings regularly at the 9am Sunday Mass. If you ever attend that Mass, you already have a good idea of what we do.
We lead the congregation in singing hymns. A cantor (always a volunteer – no one is made to sing solo) and the Choir sing the psalm and Gospel acclamation with the congregation, and we also lead the singing of Mass parts such as the Gloria.
Each week the Choir will sing a different ‘motet’ (a piece of choral music) at Communion. These motets range from Taize chants to modern choral songs (eg. works by John Rutter) to traditional or classical pieces in Latin (eg. Mozart’s “Ave Verum”). We are usually accompanied by the organ but we sing ‘acapella’ (unaccompanied) as well. Most motets have some sort of SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) arrangement.
Our singing schedule is split into 3 terms: Autumn (Sept up to and including Christmas when we sing at Midnight Mass); Winter (Jan up to and including the Easter Triduum when we sing at Maundy Thursday evening Mass, the Good Friday service and the Easter Vigil Service on Sat); and Spring (after Easter until late July). In August we are on holiday, and we also have a brief break between each term. We don’t sing every Sunday either as we often have one Sunday off per month.
We rehearse every Tuesday during the terms, 8.15-9.15pm in the church choir loft. New members are always welcome and you don’t have to audition to join. You don’t need to read music either (we already have choir members who don’t) and you don’t need any prior experience. If you enjoy singing and are coming to Mass anyway, please consider joining us.
You can just turn up at a rehearsal to see what it’s like.