The heart of the community

             We love music at St. Hilda’s. For over 100 years it has been woven inextricably into our pattern of worship. We draw on a rich heritage of church music from many centuries, complemented by worthy contemporary pieces. This approach enables us to keep our worship fresh, whilst respecting our heritage and the richness of our liturgy.

            We have a robed choir of between 15 and 20 members which is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and junior members work within that scheme to attain their ribbons.

            Music covers a wide range of styles and anthems are regularly sung during the 10.30am services. The choir also sing at weddings when requested and occasionally at funerals. There is a regular weekly choir practice preparing music for Sunday worship. Our hymn books are Common Praise and Mission Praise. We welcome singers of all ages and abilities as members of our choir. All of our members share a love of music, a spirit of enthusiasm and fun, and a commitment to attend practices and worship.

                     

                 Three of our choristers- Len York, Gerry Nixon and Peter Stokes have served a total of 230 years between them.They were presented with long service medals from the Royal School of Church Music by the Bishop of Southwark, Rt. Revd. Tom Butler on June 25th 2000.


      To find out more about joining our choir, please get in touch with our Organist  and Choirmaster       David Ellis (Tele: 0121 429 6267)

             






 




David also directs an orchestra which provides accompaniment to our Family and Parade Service on the second Sunday of the month at 10.30am.


                       OUR CHOIR THROUGH THE YEARS


                      










 





                         For details of our fine pipe organ  CLICK HERE


    Our congregation are very supportive and appreciative of our musical tradition.

                                        It is a major strength of our church.

CHOIR AT RATHBONE ROAD                          1950 CLICK HERE TO SEE DETAILS OF OUR ORGAN

CHOIR UNDER DIRECTION OF PAUL RICHARDS

CHOIR DURING REVD. JACK PIGOTT’S INCUMBENCY

CHOIR HOLIDAY IN KILLARNEY 1965  

CHOIR UNDER DIRECTION OF  DAVID SMITH CHOIR LEADING OUTDOOR SUMMER EVENSONG CHOIR WITH CANON MATTHEW GRAHAM               FOLLOWING HIS FAREWELL SERVICE in 1995 CHOIR FOLLOWING DIAMOND JUBILEE SERVICE JUNE 25th 2000 WITH BISHOP OF SOUTHWARK RT REVD TOM BUTLER

CHOIR JULY 6th 2008

CHOIR TREBLES MARCH 18th 2012

      RSCM CHOIR FESTIVAL AT ST. CHAD’S CATHEDRAL


 On Saturday, October 19th 2013,some members of our choir took part in the Festival which concluded with them singing the music for Evening Mass. The Celebrant and Preacher was the Archbishop of Birmingham, Bernard Longley.

 At the end of the Mass, Aaron Garcia (pictured below) was presented with his RSCM Dean’s Award by Canon Gerry Breed, Dean of the Cathedral.


    RSCM BIRMINGHAM AREA FESTIVAL

                  OCTOBER 18th 2014

         CONDUCTOR: ROSEMARY FIELD

          ORGANIST: MICHAEL PERRIER


DEANS AWARDS

WERE PRESENTED TO

ANNIE CASEY , AMY ROBINSON

and REBEKAH MITTOO

(NOT PRESENT)


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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 15th 2015

We celebrated with Betty Williams and David Ellis their ministry of making music at St Hilda’s. Betty notched up 40 years as organist and choir leader at St Hilda’s. David began playing the organ here in 1971, but has had an official post as Betty’s deputy since 1979. In the last year or so, they have both shared the responsibilities at the console and with the baton.


SUNDAY JULY 10th 2016

FERN CLEE, HATTIE HAYES and MADDISON KELLY

 WERE ADMITTED INTO OUR CHOIR

             RSCM BIRMINGHAM AREA FESTIVAL

                           OCTOBER 15th 2016

                 CONDUCTOR: MICHAEL PERRIER

                       ORGANIST: JOHN PRYOR


        AMY ROBINSON WAS PRESENTED WITH HER                BISHOP’S AWARD BY BISHOP ANNE

DECEMBER 18th 2016

New choristers Jenny John, Marcus Li and Ajani Allen were

 Admitted to our choir.  Rachael Mittoo and Eve Casey were presented with their Red Ribbons.


DECEMBER 24th 2016

OUR CHOIR BEFORE SINGING AT THE SERVICE OF

NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS

CHOIR HOLIDAY IN BALLYCASTLE