Wallingford Church Choir

"One of the UK's best Parish Church Choirs" - Classic FM Website
 
As a result of Decca Record's search to find Britain's Best Parish Choir we've recorded The Hymns Album of the nation's best-loved hymns, which is available in shops, online, and for digital download including iTunes. The choir performed at Classic FM Live and previewed a couple of tracks from the album. You can follow these exciting developments on Twitter.
 
Wallingford Parish Church Choir is a thriving choir, directed by Sue Huntingford-Ledger. There are over 60 members, including 22 juniors. They rehearse once a week on Friday evenings, and sing weekly services at St Mary's and St Leonard's Churches as well as at weddings, civic services, etc. Wallingford is one of a limited number of parishes that still maintain a tradition of sung weekly Evensong services. These services are normally held at 6.30pm on Sunday at St Leonard's church, and feature sung responses, canticles, an anthem, and hymns from Ancient and Modern, Revised. At a monthly choral evensong we also sing the canticles to a special setting. Singing is accompanied at both churches by our organists who benefit from excellent recently rebuilt traditional pipe organs.
 

Once a year during August the choir visits Abbeys or Cathedrals to sing the services. In 2008 the choir spent a glorious day in London singing Evensong at Westminster Abbey. In 2009 they sang for a week at Salisbury Cathedral, and in 2010 visited Lichfield Cathedral. Other visits have been to Lincoln and Winchester Cathedrals, and Bath Abbey.  We sang services at Canterbury Cathedral in 2011. In 2012 we sang at both Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral.
We sang at Hereford Cathedral in 2013, and Wells Cathedral in 2014. In 2015 we sung at St. Pauls Cathedral (twice) and Gloucester Cathedral. This year we sang at St Pauls Cathedral again, and spent a wonderful week at Exeter Cathedral. We have future summer tours to Westminster Abbey, St. George's Chapel, Windsor, plus Winchester and Salisbury Cathedrals fixed up till 2020!

New members are welcome in all voice parts, but especially tenors. It is a very friendly choir and there are no formal auditions. The choir has a wide range of abilities but everyone strives to reach the highest standards. Many choristers have completed the RSCM Voice for Life Singing Awards.

The Junior Choristers play a full role in the musical life of the church, singing the full range of services, but they have the prime role at the Family Services once a month. New Choristers (from age 6 upwards) are always particularly welcome. Do get in touch with Sue if you are interested via e-mail on doctorsue25@hotmail.co.uk .
 
 
The Juniors rehearse from 7.15 pm to 8.30 pm on Friday evenings at St Mary's and the adults join them at 8pm (and stay till 9.30 pm).

Recently the choir (particularly the Juniors) have been involved in raising £1650 for the Mayors Defibrillator Fund which was an amazing achievement. Well done everyone!
 

More Information:

Music from St Paul's Cathedral, December 2012 on Soundcloud:
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     Example music list - music the Choir sang in Sept 2011 

The Choir on Twitter

 

Wallingford Church Choir


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