The Parish of Ponteland

St Mary's Church Choir

Our choir numbers about 20 people, from teenagers upwards. We rehearse every Tuesday evening from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm, and sing every Sunday. On the 1st and 3rd Sundays we sing traditional Book of Common Prayer Communion and Evensong, on the 2nd and 4th Sundays we sing at the Choral Communion Service at 10 am. This means we learn a large variety of music. We also sing for special services and for several weddings a year. It would be lovely to have some new people, so please come along if you can commit yourself to the hour's rehearsal on Tuesdays, and to sing at most Choral Services. Please talk to the Director of Music, Warren Smith - 07981 454005,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You do not need to be an excellent musician, just have a willingness to join in and to enjoy.

There has been a choir in St Mary's for many years, but it gained a new lease of life when Hannah Barham became Director of Music in 2009. She had sung with the St Cecilia Chorale in Bury St Edmunds, the RSCM Millennium Youth Choir, and the chapel choir of University College in Durham. A photo from that year is in the montage on the "Music" page. Hannah was joined by Shaun Turnbull, who took over when she got a job in Cambridge. Shaun had studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire, had been organ scholar at Lichfield Cathedral and was playing at St John's College in Durham. After a year Shaun went on to be Assistant Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral - we are very proud - and Warren came to be our leader. You can read the Morpeth Herald's report of Shaun's farewell and Warren's welcome at www.morpethherald.co.uk/community/musical-farewell-for-shaun-1-4859636. Warren had been a choral and organ scholar at Hexham Abbey, then organist at St Andrew's Church in Corbridge. He works as a teaching assistant in Hexham, and directs several local choirs. This photo of the choir was taken on Easter Sunday 2016 as the early morning light came through the window.

 

 

 

 

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