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-
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
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Our congregation are very supportive and appreciative of our musical tradition.
It is a major strength of our church.
CHOIR UNDER DIRECTION OF PAUL RICHARDS
CHOIR DURING REVD. JACK PIGOTT’S INCUMBENCY
CHOIR HOLIDAY IN KILLARNEY 1965
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
WERE PRESENTED TO
ANNIE CASEY , AMY ROBINSON
and REBEKAH MITTOO
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