St Thomas’ history of choral music has existed for many years – a tradition that’s always been maintained to a high standard and continues today. The choir has an important role in enhancing worship at our services, singing a wide range of ambitious and interesting repertoire from the 16th to the 21st century.
We have a talented group of boy and girl choristers who meet twice a week for rehearsals; these are always challenging but great fun! They receive a thorough musical education as part of their training at St Thomas’, including “A Voice for Life” RSCM scheme and expert vocal training. The choristers are joined by several adult singers, flexible in number depending on the time of year and the repertoire being sung. The choir sing on Sundays during term-time and always at signifcant events in the Christian calendar, for example Christmas and Easter. They also take part in other activities and social events.
From time to time we hold “Come and Sing” events. These are open to the whole community and give everyone the chance to take part in performances of fabulous choral works on minimum rehearsal time. See the blog for the latest opportunities!
James Lloyd Thomas, the Director of Music at St Thomas’ is keen to continue the outstanding musical tradition at the church. He aims to recruit more and more singers in every voice part, singers with a love of church music and who would be willing to contribute to the choral legacy of this beautiful, Grade I listed building.
James is ably assisted by his partner, Lizzie Peacock, a professional harpist and singer who helps with the training of the choristers and often conducts and accompanies the choir.
If you or anyone you know is interested in joining the choir please visit the Join the choir page to learn more. If you are interested in contributing to the musical life at St Thomas’ in other ways please visit the Friends of the music page.