Methodism – as we all know – was born in song, and God's people have always been singing. Congregations sing with joy, with gusto, usually in tune, ably led by organ, or piano and, in our case, by a choir. We meet every Friday evening to make sure we know the Sunday hymns (and to learn them if we don't) and on special occasions (Christmas, Easter, etc.) to prepare an anthem. Andrew puts us through our paces for the hymns, and Eileen, our musical director, takes us through any special music. We do in fact have a repertoire of possible anthems (preachers, please take note!) and would be glad to use them. We are, as always, grateful to our organists Tom and Bob, but note with regret that at the moment Leslie is not well enough to play for us, and indeed may soon retire. He has played the organ at Rose Street for many years and we thank him sincerely for all the service he has so unstintingly given. We wish him a speedy recovery.
We are also conscious that we are increasingly 'aged voices ever singing round the throne of light' and would therefore be happy to welcome younger voices. The lack of such tends to restrict the number of anthems presented. There are some beautiful singers in our congregation (I've heard them!) Please come and join us – and not necessarily every week.
The Music group has continued to play for the all age worship services each month and the Carol service this year. As always, we are very grateful to the organists and the sound team, who are willing to arrive early to rehearse with us, and ensure we are linked to the sound system before services.
We now have around 10 players, who are willing to use their talents to contribute regularly to provide engaging music for worship. Our newest member is David, on clarinet (and percussion). His ability and confidence to take on the challenges of each new set of music has grown over the past year. We were glad to be able to lead the music for the February all age service when our organist was unable to get to church due to floods and fallen trees. We hope to extend our music pads to include music for parts of the service when quiet playing would be helpful (eg offertory collection).
The friendships formed by our shared enjoyment of music and contribution 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.