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Annual Report – St. Mary’s Choir

Adult Choir

The adult choir has 9 singers, and aims to sing an anthem at Eucharist every Sunday.  We have sung fewer traditional anthems, tending to perform anthems with simpler arrangements, to ensure we can give a good performance.  Several of these were from our new anthem book.

Choral evensong has been maintained on the fourth Sunday whenever possible was led by a choir member on several occasions during the vacancy. Although the congregations have been small, we still believe it is worthwhile continuing with the service.

In the last year we again led the Choral evensong for the Caterham Festival (with the choir augmented by members of other local choirs).

We also sang an Advent service of light and the usual Carol service at Christmas with both the adult and junior choirs performing.

As always, we need new singers for the choir – we particularly need male singers (bass and tenor) – so please think about whether you could be part of that Ministry.  It is not necessary to be an expert musician, just to enjoy singing. It involves a choir practice for 60 to 90 minutes on a Wednesday evening, one service every Sunday morning, evensong about 7 times a year and occasional extra services at major seasons.

Chris Buck – Organist and Choirmaster

Junior Choir

The Junior choir continues to move from strength to strength despite very small numbers.  We have managed to widen our repertoire to include Taize and rounds, in addition to the more traditional part singing pieces that we are used to.

Notable successes for the year include a magical first verse of Once in Royal by the brotherly duet of Oliver and Finley Hercock, and Thomas Izzard passing his Deans/Bronze award with a merit.  The choristers are currently completing work to obtain their next Voice for Life awards.

We are always looking to expand our membership and had budding plans to liaise with the Sunday School to perform songs for Mother’s Day and Easter and then moving forward, to combine Sunday School attendance with Choir membership and participation in the Acolyte rota.  For obvious reasons these plans and discussions are on hold.

Fiona Izzard – Junior choir leader

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