The ensemble is a friendly SATB chamber choir specializing in performing the finest church music from the Renaissance to the present day. Regularly invited to sing Choral Evensongs, concerts and special services in the many fine churches in Jersey, we have also sung in English cathedrals and in September last year had an enjoyable trip to Normandy. The choir also sings at corporate and private events.
Our musical director, Graham Caldbeck, is one of the UK’s leading conductors of amateur choirs and brings a wealth of practical experience as a singer, conductor and teacher to our rehearsals. The choir meets on a Tuesday evening in St. Martin’s Parish Church between 7.30pm and 9.00pm. You are most welcome to attend a rehearsal on a trial basis and to sample the opportunity to improve your vocal and musical skills in a thoroughly enjoyable way.
From October last year the choir has sung on 16 occasions and in 10 different venues including 4 Evensongs and 2 Advent Services. The choir sang for the first time a Tenebrae Service on Maundy Thursday at the Town Church and was delighted to sing the Missa Brevis by Palestrina at St Thomas’ Church, and has been invited to return to both churches again in 2017.
Over the last two years the choir performed music from six centuries, including works by Tallis, Dowland, Byrd, Gibbons, Tomkins, Purcell, Bach, Greene, Stainer, Stanford, Wood, Vaughan Williams, Ireland, Bainton, Harris and Duruflé. More recently-composed works by John Tavener, Arvo Pärt, Andrew Carter, Howard Skempton, Cecilia McDowall, John Rutter, Matthew Harris, Mark Sirrett, Judith Weir, Stephanie Martin, William Matthias, Umas Sisack, and Sally Beamish have also featured in the choir’s attractive and eclectic programmes.
The choir will be revisiting St Lawrence Church on Advent Sunday to lead a special service of readings and themed music “From Darkness to Light” in preparation for Christmas and for the first time will be singing at a service of Nine Lessons and Carols at St Martin’s Church on 11 December, both services commencing at 6 p.m. In every service led by the choir an Order of Service setting out the text of the hymns, readings and choir items will be produced for the congregation.
If you would like to receive the choir’s newsletter please sign up using the link at the side of this page, and if you are interested in joining us, please contact our Chairman Fred Benest on 863826.