Summer Lunchtime Concerts : Music for ORGAN

Played by one of our Deputy Organists at Chippenham Parish Church

Admission free, with a voluntary retiring collection.   Come and go between items if you need.

   Claire Beaton - organ

For centuries it has been the intention of the church community that the services should be presented with all due dignity and ceremonial. An important element was to be the music and from the time of the Oxford Movement changes in the church around 1879 - the High Mass and Mattins and Evensong were sung on Sundays.    A robed choir was a major feature of the music provision, and this is the forerunner of the present St. Andrew's Choir.

From the beginning the foundation of the music has been plainsong, the ancient music of the Church, sung in English or Latin and this is still used in the church today. Settings of the Mass are usually congregational, some written especially for St Andrew's and a wide selection of hymns is used. Choral Mass settings are frequently used on Holy Days.

The mixed adult choir has an extensive repertoire with the music of the English sixteenth century composers Byrd, Gibbons, Tallis featuring prominently along with their Continental contemporaries Palestrina, Victoria and others. Composers of later centuries to the present day also have their place. Several Directors of Music have provided many items for liturgical use including mass settings, responsorial psalms, hymns and a number of anthems for particular occasions.
 
If you or anyone you know might like to sing with us, then please contact the
Music Administrator:  email.

The Director of Music is happy to talk to prospective Choristers and their parents at any time. Singing in a choir amounts to a free musical education. As a church affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) we use the RSCM's Voice for Life training scheme for choristers.

There are also opportunities for Sopranos, Altos, Countertenors, Tenors and Basses to join the Church Choirs, and we welcome ALL ages : please contact the Music Administrator: email.