****    The Folk Choir are looking for new members. Practice takes place each Monday evening at 7.30 p.m.    ****

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Index Parish Groups Folk Choir

Folk Choir

Singing is an integral part of the Church's worship and when you sing, you are praying twice as hard! The Folk Choir is there to lead the singing and to encourage the whole congregation to join in. We try to provide a complement in the Folk Choir and sing music that is generally traditional in character but also trying to include the best of the old with some of the new.

Singing the main tune is just the start though, and the sound of a strong choir in full, four-part harmony together with a congregation singing their heads off is a glorious expression of God's praise. We very much want to work towards this target but we are short of members, particularly male voices. So, if you have a good voice and would like to help build up the music in our church, even if you have no experience of singing in harmony, do please get in touch.

A Folk Group has been singing at the Church for more than 25 years. They meet in the Presbytery every Monday evening at 7.30 pm to practice for the Mass.

The Folk Choir sings at the 10.00 a.m. Mass each week. They also sing at the First Communion Mass, Confirmation Mass and any special occasions they are invited to do.

The Folk Choir consists of a group of instrumentalists and singers. People of all ages, abilities and those playing a wide range of instruments are encouraged to join. Numbers have dwindled in the last few years due to people moving away from the parish.

New members (Singers or Musicians) are always welcome, please contact the office for more information or come along to one of their practice sessions on Monday evenings at 7.30 p.m.

12.15 p.m. Mass Choir.

The 12.15 p.m. Mass Choir was formed in 2018 with the mandate to help in enhancing the singing at the 12.15 p.m. Mass. They statred mall, but now have more members joining them.
They have grown a little in numbers, but new members are always needed and welcomed to join them. Just pop along on a Sunday and speak to them and they will be happy to help you become involved.

8.30 a.m. Mass Choir.

This started as two people who took up the challenge of encouraging the parishioners to sign at the early morning Mass. They work with the same organist who plays at the 12.15 p.m. Mass.

Previously, hymns on a CD were played at this Mass, but can often have the effect of stiffling the congregation from joining in. Having an 8.30 a.m. choir has enabled them to raise their own voices, which in turn has helped to encourage the parishioners to join in with the singing, rather than just listening to the CD.

Quite often, when playing a CD, the congregation can be out of sync with the CD, but with the choir, they sing in unison with the congregation which has helped to greatly improve the singing at the 8.30 a.m. Mass.

As with the other choirs, they are always looking for new members to join them. You do not neccessary have to be the best singer, or the loudest, just go along, join them, and klet your voice glorify the Lord together as one.

On occassions, the 8.30 a.m. Mass Choir and the 12.15 p.m. Mass may combine the sing together, for example, while leading the singing for the pre-gathering before our annual Procession of the Blessed Sacrament.


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