Wallingford Parish Church choir has over 50 members, aged from under 8 to over 80. We do not have auditions and welcome anyone into our choir family who would like to sing.
We sing weekly services on Sundays at our two churches, St Mary-le-More and St Leonard. Sunday Holy Communion at St Mary’s is at 10am and usually lasts around an hour. We sing hymns, the service setting and an anthem during communion. The second Sunday of the month is generally reserved for the shorter family service where the junior choir leads the singing accompanied by a band.
The choir maintains a tradition of sung weekly Evensong services at 6.30pm at St Leonard’s, which feature sung responses, a psalm, canticles (Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis), an anthem and hymns. At a monthly Choral Evensong the choir also sings the canticles to a special setting.
We may also sing special music to mark significant events in the Church’s year, such as Good Friday, Easter, Remembrance, All Soul’s, Advent, Christmas and Epiphany. In addition, we sing in concerts, weddings, funerals, civic services and lead the singing at a local care home once a month.
We undertake at least one cathedral tour each year during the school summer holidays to sing while the resident choir is on vacation. We generally alternate a weekend with a week long visit, singing all the services during the week. We have sung in many of the cathedrals in southern England. We have booked to sing in Salisbury for a week in 2020 and a weekend in Norwich in 2021.
We rehearse on Friday evenings. Junior choristers practise from 7.00pm until 7.45pm when the younger children leave, with older ones staying until 8.30pm to rehearse with the adults. The adult rehearsal starts at 8pm and we sing until 9.30pm.
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