St Mary Magdalene Choir © Malcolm Lunn Photography

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.
St Mary Magdalene Choir © Malcolm Lunn Photography
St Mary Magdalene choir © Malcolm Lunn Photography
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.
Dave Cockle
 

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.

The choir at Norwich Cathedral
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The choir at Norwich Cathedral
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In the Norwich 'Song School'
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In the Norwich 'Song School'
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Weekly Anthems sung by the choir with their dates

DateAnthem
22.09.19There's a wideness in God's mercy - Bevan
29.09.19Hail Glorious Spirits heirs of light - Tye
06.10.19Love Divine - David Willcocks
13.10.19All things bright and beautiful - Rutter
20.10.19Thou Knowest, Lord the secrets of our hearts-Purcell
27.10.19Teach me, O Lord - Attwood
03.11.19
10:00am
O Thou, whose all-redeeming might - Plainsong Arr Blackwell
03.11.19
4:00pm All Soul's
Nunc Dimittis - Parry in D
10.11.19For the fallen (+flute) - Archer
17.11.19O sing unto the Lord a new song - Thomas Morley
24.11.19Above all praise and all majesty - Mendelssohn
01.12.19
10:00am
Advent Prose - Arr Stephen Cleobury
01.12.19
6:30pm
Advent Carol Service
08.12.19Come Lord Jesus (Advent Message) - Martin How
15.12.19Benedictus in C - Stanford
22.12.19
10:00am
The voice of the Angel Gabriel – Philip Ledger
22.12.19
6:30pm
Nine Lessons & Carols
24.12.19
11:15pm
TBA
25.12.19A Maiden most gentle - Andrew Carter
29.12.19Sans Day Carol - Arr Rutter
05.01.20Star of the East - Bullard
12.01.20Litany to the Holy Spirit - Hurford
19.01.20Behold the Lamb of God (Messiah) - GF Handel
26.01.20Christ whose Glory fills the skies - Harold Darke
02.02.20
10:00am
Nunc Dimittis - Parry in D
02.02.20
6:30pm
Candlemas
Choral Evensong
Responses: Sumsion.
Psalm 122.
Canticles: Parry in D
Anthem: O thou the central orb - Wood
09.02.20Ye servants of God -Paderborn Arr. H Coleman
16.02.20For the Beauty of the earth - Rutter
Dates to note26th February - Ash Wednesday
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)