Our choir is a four-part choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass) with some forty enthusiastic members whose ages span seventy or more years. The choir rehearses on Friday evening: the Junior Choristers beginning at 6.45pm and the Seniors arrive a little later and stay longer.
The Juniors are trained in the “Voice for Life” scheme of the Royal School of Church Music. The progress through their “in house” badges before achieving the Dean’s and Bishop’s awards. As well as developing skills in traditional church music, they enjoy preparing more secular and even jazzy works for performance in Parish concerts which are normally held in summer.
The full choir is kept busy preparing various styles of music for our services: we sing anthems each month as well as for special feasts and holy days. Larger scale works, such as Faure’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s “Beatus Vir”, are prepared for special occasions. At Christmas, carols sung in the open air raise money for charities and we visit local residential homes and sing round the wards of our local hospital on Christmas Eve.
At the All Age Communion Service – held on the Second Sunday of the month – there is an instrumental group to lead the hymn singing. This group is drawn from both the congregation and the choir – typical of the team spirit in the music-making at St Anne’s with St Francis.
There is a splendid two-manual Wadsworth traker action organ in the Church and organist is kept very busy playing for weddings and funerals as well as for the Sunday services.
For more information, phone 0161 969 0067