St John’s Choir has two distinct sections – adults and juniors – who join together to lead the worship on Sunday mornings, at evensongs, weddings and the major festivals of Christmas and Easter. The choir often makes an annual visit to Guildford Cathedral to sing Choral Evensong.
The Adult choir are drawn from members of the congregation, and singers from the local area; although many are not trained musicians, the choir collectively enjoys leading the worship week by week and singing to as high a standard as possible. Meeting twice a week through much of the year for practices and services (and sometimes more often at busy periods), the choir members also enjoy socialising, with after practice drinks, occasional curries and an annual barbecue.
The Junior Choir introduces the joy of singing to boys and girls from the age of 7. The Juniors practise on Tuesday evenings, and join the Adults for part of the Sunday Eucharist service. They usually sing by themselves during a service once a term.
The choirs’ repertoire spans a wide range, from plainsong (14th century) to contemporary works. Music for services at St John’s includes traditional hymns, modern worship songs, psalms, anthems and settings of the evensong canticles. At Christmas, the junior choir produce a nativity musical, and both choirs join together for the carol service. Every other year, the choirs produce a Soiree; the juniors singing songs from shows such as ‘Oliver’ and ‘The Wizard of Oz’, with the adults singing a wide range of secular and show songs.
New choir members, whether experienced or not, are always welcome – there is no formal audition – for more information, contact Director of Music, Ian Church on 01483 564939. Email Ian Church
Practices and services:
Tuesday 6.15 – 7.15 pm
Wednesday 8.15 – 10 pm
Full Choir practice, 9.30 – 9.45 am followed by Parish Eucharist at 10 am (with drinks, etc after from 11 am).
Parish Eucharist, 10 – 11.10 am (followed by coffee)
Evening Worship (1st Sunday each month), 6.30 – 7.30 pm