We have a growing and vibrant adult choir and a new Junior choir at St Helen’s under our new team of Rob Milner (Choir Director) and Malcolm Scott (Organist). At full strength we have around 30 choristers young and old. We’re looking to expand the juniors and always welcome new adult members.
Adults practice from 7:30-9pm every Friday and the Juniors from 7-8pm on Fridays and 5:30-6:45pm on Sundays.
We sing on Sunday mornings, special evensongs and occasional other services (Holy Week, Easter, Christmas, etc). On Sundays we support the hymn singing through the service and sing two short or one longer piece at communion. Evensong and other services allow for a broader repertoire of music.
The juniors follow the Royal School of Church Music’s (RSCM) Voice for Life scheme which helps support and track their musical development.
We also plan to have occasional day trips away and many of the juniors attend the Summer RSCM Course for Young People in Bath.
We have a monthly contemporary service at St Peter’s church in the morning, Impact Worship, our youth service (once a month in the evening) and Kids Worship (a monthly children’s service), with a mixture of traditional, modern and children’s worship songs.
We have a number of talented musicians in our congregation and enjoy occasional Taizé services and “Capers” – beer and hymns or carols with a folk theme linked to the season.
St Helen’s has a small but effective 2-manual and pedal pipe organ, constructed by Hill, Norman and Beard in 1968. This has recently been renovated and restored to first class order by FH Browne and in January 2017 we were delighted to welcome organists past and present to celebrate with a wonderful recital.