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.
New singers are always very welcome – please contact our music staff for further information.
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||
Practice times and services can vary, espcially around Christmas and Easter, so please check the choir diary for this month’s dates.
Evensong days only
- Choral Evensong is normally on the second Sunday of the month
- During half-term we do not usually have a practice.
- The choir is on holiday during August .
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.
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.
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.
The choir periodically go on tour, singing in famous churches and cathedrals in other European countries.We have had highly successful concert tours to Venice and to Vienna, with more planned for the future.
Several members of the choir also sing with the RSCM Voices (South) at various cathedrals in the UK throughout the year.
In 2011 St Peter’s Choir recorded a sell-out CD.
Adrian DavisDirector of Music
Jean WildeAssistant Director of Music