As most of you will realise, there has been no choir taking part in services for almost the last two years. Unfortunately, this state of affairs is likely to continue for some time yet if, in fact, it ever recovers. With none of us getting any younger or fitter, our saving grace would be a rush of prospective new choristers in the near future!! On a positive note, though, current members may soon be invited to make use of the choir seats on a Sunday to boost the singing with a bit of harmony. However, a regular rota of organists would also help.
After a very long break, we were delighted to be able to finally get a small group of musicians together to play for the Harvest service in September 2021. We are currently using the ‘choir’ seats to enable us to sit further apart and are grateful for the encouragement shown by the congregation for our contribution to services.
After plans had to be shelved in 2020, in December 2021 a small group of players were able to play carols from the entrance of the Bradbury Centre joined by some tuneful and hardy singers in Peach Place. We managed to collect donations for Action for Children, and raised £28.
We are gradually becoming more confident at providing music without an organist or pianist. We hope to continue to play for one service per month, although unfortunately can’t commit to playing more frequently, as several players have other commitments and some do not feel able to return to playing yet.
The friendships formed by our shared enjoyment of music, and the opportunity to use our talents to contribute to the life of the church, enable us to support one another. We offer a warm welcome to other players of any age or experience to join us.