There is a long tradition of a church choir at St. Chad’s, with adult and junior sections. Most services have a choral element, and our choir has many loyal, long-serving members who sing at the weekly services. At present, we have 3 junior members and 12 adults. We are fortunate, however, to have further help from a number of associate choir members who join us whenever they are able, and for special services.
We would really welcome more junior and adult members, who would be taught informally, how to read a musical score, matters relating to voice production, and the basics of music theory, whilst contributing weekly to the choir.
2019 Choirs Festival at Lichfield Cathedral
On Saturday 5th October, 10 members from our choir together with Jane Simmons from Trysull joined other choirs from the diocese to sing at the Festival of Choirs at Lichfield Cathedral. We rehearsed in the afternoon and after tea sang the Choral Evening service. The day was enjoyed by all. Greg, our choir master, is thinking of arranging a Choral Evening Service at St Chad’s. Thoughts are to invite other church choirs from the deanery to join us.
2017 Choirs Festival at Lichfield Cathedral
Following several weeks of rehearsing under the leadership of John Fellows, St Chad’s Church Choir took part on Saturday 7th October 2017 in the RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) Choirs Festival held in Lichfield Cathedral.
With several other local choirs, the members of the choir performed six pieces including two hymns, an anthem, a psalm, Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis and a blessing (Ubi Caritas), all within a special evensong service conducted by the Cathedral’s Director of Music, Benjamin Lamb, with Cathy Lamb playing the organ.
Members of the St Chad’s Choir who attended the RSCM Choirs Festival included:
Sheila Foggin, Sue Penny, Jill Parker, Liz Ibberson, Barbara Tritton, Mary Hayward, (Sopranos)
Gladys Jones, Kate Hore, Gena Richards, Helen Smith, Janet Evans, Cath Fox, Amanda Dodds (Contraltos)
John Fellows, Martin Fox, Alan Hickman, Mike Richards (Tenors)
Noel Newbrook, Mike Coope, Henry Ibberson (Basses)
(Photograph show some of the members after the performance with Benjamin Lamb (Director of Music, Lichfield Cathedral) – photo by Mike Coope)