At St Peter’s Berkhamsted we have a thriving church choir of children and adults. The choir leads morning worship every Sunday at 9:30am, with Choral Evensong once a month.
The choir also sings at a number of other important services during the year such as during Holy Week and at Christmas.
We normally rehearse during the week as shown below. Once a month we sing Choral Evensong and we have an extra rehearsal on Sunday afternoon before the service. Although we work hard, the choir is a welcoming group and a great way to make friends. Choir practice is very important – just like a football club we work together as a team. We need to learn music and improve our skills together, and so we ask all our singers to come to rehearsals.
|Tuesday||5.15 pm - 6.15 pm||Children only||
Evensong days only
We know that everybody has busy lives and there are other things going on - holidays, exams, sports and so on.
We just ask that you give the Director of Music some advance warning if you're going to be away. This is so that the music team can plan the music around the number of voices available. It's very difficult to make good music with unexpected absences.
If you cannot come to a practice or to a church service, please let the Director of Music know.
We welcome new singers, and accept both girls and boys on the soprano line, as well as adult singers on the other parts. If you are interested in singing with us, or if you'd like your child to take part, please get in touch with one of the music team shown at the bottom of this page – we'd love to hear from you.
Our repertoire draws on the rich and varied Anglican repertoire of hymns, responses, canticles and anthems. We sing a wide range of music by composers from the Renaissance, Victorian and modern periods, including Tallis, Palestrina, Gibbons, Stainer, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Howells and Purcell, as well as new works specially written for the choir.
Listen to some music samples of St Peter's Choir:
Recorded in the Stephansdom, Vienna, May 28 2011
We are especially keen to develop the skills of young choristers. St Peter's Church Choir actively involves young people in choral worship and provides an excellent musical education to children from all backgrounds. Children can join the choir any time after their sixth birthday.
We encourage our choristers to work towards Royal School of Church Music Chorister Awards and children who reach each level in the scheme are awarded a ribbon badge in recognition of their achievement.
By joining in with the other children in the choir, your son or daughter can make new friends, gain an appreciation of a beautiful musical tradition and develop musical abilities that will be with them for life.
The choir periodically go on tour, singing in famous churches and cathedrals in other European countries.We had highly successful concert tours to Venice in 2009, and to Vienna in 2011. You can read an article about the Vienna tour in the August 2011 issue of the parish magazine, Your Berkhamsted.
Several members of the choir also sing with the RSCM Cathedral Singers at various cathedrals in the UK throughout the year.
In 2011 St Peter's Choir recorded a CD which sold out quickly – find out how to order a copy.
Information for singers and parents about rehearsals and choral services