The Choir at St Mary Magdalene
This fully robed choir is at the heart of St Mary Magdalene’s worship and is open to both adults and children. As well as singing in regular services the choir is available for weddings and funerals and there are often opportunities to join with other church choirs at a variety of venues. As a member of the choir you can take part in the RSCM “Voice for Life” Awards Scheme for graded medals and awards.
So come and join in the welcoming, friendly fellowship of our flourishing choir. We practice at 7:30 pm on a Thursday evening in the church vestry. Benefits of joining us:
- Professional training in music for children ages seven and above, at no expense to parents.
- Equal emphasis on training of the voice and music reading skills.
- Each child receives significant individual attention in a stimulating, challenging, yet fun environment.
- Meeting lots of new friends! Outings, choir parties and tours.
I joined St Mary Magdalene Church Choir in 2014 as I enjoy singing hymns. My ability to read music was low as it had been forty five years since I opted for art rather than music at school and ceased to study music. With the support and patience of our musical director(s) and other choristers I have gradually regained my sight reading ability. A special thanks to Eleanor Pritchard for encouraging me to join her recorder group which has helped me to read music.
A Visit to Norwich Cathedral
A late August weekend and St Mary Magdalene’s very own choir, with some support from our Chingford buddies, arrived cheerfully at Norwich Cathedral, for our very first weekend away of singing. A full schedule of final rehearsals, Saturday Evensong, Sunday morning Eucharist, a quick bite to eat, and then Sunday Evensong.
We turned up early Saturday morning and were immediately impressed with being able to rehearse in the newly built “Song School” in the Hostry, as well as with the Refectory alongside which served some lovely home-made scones and cakes. The surroundings in there were wonderful as the Refectory had been built right up against the upper walls of the Cathedral with gorgeous views of the stonework and windows.
And then there was the Cathedral itself. That definitely wowed us. It was truly a sight to behold and a fantastic experience to process as a choir into this great Cathedral. To hear ourselves sing there was, as they say, just awesome.
We had been welcomed and talked through the service procedures and our choir placing for processions; the rest was up to us to show what were were made of. We did not let the side down. We excelled throughout and from the comments and positive feedback we received from those who came to listen, we did St Mary Magdalene, Rory and of course, Gordon, very proud.
Thank you Rory for organising such a great event, and thank you too, all those family and friends who came along to support us. It was an additional pleasure knowing you were there for us in the congregation... Oh and in the pub after.
A fabulous time was had by all. Can’t wait to do it all again really.
Diana Williams, Soprano.
Weekly Anthems sung by the choir with their dates
|Nunc Dimittis - Parry in D|
|09.02.20||Ye servants of God -Paderborn Arr. H Coleman|
Choral Evensong 18:30
|Sung by Chingford Parish Church Choir|
|16.02.20||For the Beauty of the earth - Rutter|
|23.02.20||Be Thou my Vision - Chilcott|
|Wash me Throughly - SS Wesley|
|01.03.20||Wash me Throughly - David Halls|
|08.03.20||Litany to the Holy Spirit - Hurford|
|15.03.20||Holy Spirit, truth divine - Andrew Carter|
Canticles: Parry in D.
Anthem: Christ whose glory fills the skies - H Darke
|22.03.20||Magnificat in D - H Parry|
|29.03.20||God so loved the world - Stainer|
|Sanctus - Schubert|
|Ps 22. Ch… (O saviour of the world - Goss)|
|Reproaches and Faithful Cross from NEH. Psalm 22.1-22|
|Introit: This Joyful Eastertide - Wood|
The Strife is O'er - Henry Ley
|19.04.20||Come ye faithful raise the strain - Thatcher|
|26.04.20||O for a closer walk with God - CV Stanford|
|03.05.20||Loving Shepherd of thy sheep - Ledger|
|10.05.20||How lovely are thy dwellings - J. Brahms|
|17.05.20||If ye love me - Tallis|
|24.05.20||Come Holy Ghost|
|31.05.20||Holy Spirit, truth divine - Andrew Carter|
|Dates to note||26th February - Ash Wednesday|
|15th March - Choral Evensong|
|22nd March - Mothering Sunday|
|29th March - Passion Sunday|
|5th April - Palm Sunday|
|9th April - Maundy Thursday|
|10th April - Good Friday|
|12th April - Easter Day|
|19th July - Patronal Festival (Probably)|