Worship - Choir
Welcome to the Holy Trinity choir.
We are proud of the standards that our choir achieves, not only in the big services such as Christmas and Easter when we can have up to 700 people filling the church, but also in Choral Evensong in the depths of winter
We are pleased that the position of Director of Music has been made a full-time one with effect from September. We have appointed Benedict Wilson, a recent graduate from the University of Cambridge, to run an expanded music programme. This will enable us to make better links with the primary and secondary schools in Stratford-upon-Avon and in the surrounding area, making it a very exciting time for us musically. He will also teach for one day a week at King Edward VI School.
Choirs are always in a state of transition. We are lucky in having a strong, balanced line up of adults who sing alto, tenor and bass, and we welcome three young men from local schools who have joined us in the last few weeks. We lost some of our most experienced trebles to university last summer and so recruitment has been our priority. This has begun to bear fruit. We have recruited seven young people since September, but are on the lookout for more, particularly any who are slightly older. Our trebles are coming on excellently. Many members of the congregation have commented on how the choir has continued to improve.
If you are interested in music, do have a look around to see what we do. If you are local and are interested in singing, or have children who you think would enjoy it and benefit from the experience and want to find out more information about it do look at our page JOINING THE CHOIR or contact the Director of Music, Clive Letchford, via the Parish office Tel: 01789 266316 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The current music list is here.
To see the choir in action, see the clip below - it lasts around five minutes.
But what do others things about us?
Comments about the Easter services, including the final service on Easter day for our vicar, Martin Gorick:
"The choir was spine tinglingly beautiful."
"A wonderful service with terrific music."
"I’m sure it will all stay with Martin for a very long time as it will me."
"There were several us at the back in tears during your Reproaches."
The following letter was published in the Stratford Herald on 14th February 2013.
Church a centre of musical excellence
Sir: May I take space in your columns to once again commend the excellent quality of liturgical music performed at Stratford’s Holy Trinity Church? At last Sunday’s Choral Evensong the congregation was treated to a service sung almost entirely to the music of Henry Purcell, including items writtem for instrumental accompaninment rarely heard in context.
Under the accomplished and disciplined control of acting director of music, Clive Letchford, the talented choir were supported on this occasion by a group of players on period instruments.
From the awesome beat of the timpani introduction leading into “Thou knowest, Lord, the Secrets of our Hearts”, followed by the lovely G minor setting of the evening service (a ‘regular’ at Holy Trinity), the infrequently heard ‘symphony’ anthem “Behold now, praise the Lord”, and through to the closing instrumental voluntary, this service was one of the most stirring and inspirational offerings of church music I have ever heard beyond a major, professional establishment, and even then most probably only for some special occasion.
At the 30th AGM of Holy Trinity’s “Friends of the Music” on the previous Sunday, the vicar, Martin Gorick announced that the PCC had decided to make its currently vacant director of music role into a full-time teaching post in collaboration with King Edward VI School; a courageous step for a provincial parish church, even as famous as Holy Trinity.
May we look forward to a forthcoming appointment in anticipation that the quality and variety of music offered there will remain as secure and exciting for many years to come!