The parish choir (with singers from different villages in the Team) has 25 regular members, plus ‘occasional’ singers who join us for special services such as Advent and Christmas carol services. We sing in four-part harmony, and our repertoire includes many well-known hymns and anthems as well as some newer ones.
The choir sings at a Sunday service each week (except in August) in one or other of the churches in the team, and will visit most of the churches during the year. Worshippers around the team have commented what a difference it makes when the choir sings for their services, and we are always made welcome.
Each church has its own character, and it is a great pleasure to join in the worship in the different villages. Services we attend include Parish Communion, Matins and Evensong. It is good to have the chance to sing psalms and canticles at the non-Eucharistic services, in addition to hymns and anthems. Hymns are an inspiring part of our church life, and an important role for the choir is to lead and encourage congregational singing.
One of the highlights of the year is the Advent Procession in Heytesbury followed by Christmas Lessons and Carols in a different church. Other major events are the Anzac service at Sutton Veny, and occasional weddings and funerals.
The annual Diocesan Choral Festival enables us to sing more challenging music alongside other choirs, including the cathedral choir in Salisbury Cathedral. It’s an opportunity we greatly enjoy.
Choir rehearsals take place in Heytesbury church in summer, and in the chapel of the Hospital of St John in Heytesbury in the winter, from 6.30-8.00 on Thursdays. New members are always welcome to boost our numbers and our confidence.
The Choir singing Hallelujah from Handel's Messiah