Choirs


Music plays a very important part in our life and worship. Currently we have three well-established choirs.

 

OUR CHOIRS

 The Antiphon Choir :

The Antiphon Choir sings to a very high standard of Church Music across a wide repertoire of Cathedral and Parish music. The Antiphon Choir sings regularly at Sunday Parish Eucharist and at Evensong. We celberate a Choral Eucharist   and a fully Choral Evensong at least once  a term. the Antiphon Choir , sometime joined by the Junior Choir and the Baptistery Choir, makes a major musical  major contribution at Christmas (Advent Service, Nine Lessons and Carols, Midnight Mass) and at Easter (Good Friday, Easter morning and evening). From time to time we sing in  other churches in the  Diocese and in Cathedrals. In recent years  our Choirs  have sung in York Minster, Durham Cathedral, Newcastle Cathedral, Carlisle Cathedral,  St. Oswald’s Heavenfield and Hexham Abbey. Younger members have always been able to take a full part in this.

 For further details contact Mike and  Penny Green who direct our  Choirs penngreen@hotmail.comor mikeitup@live.co.uk

 The Baptistery Choir

 The Baptistery Choir contributes to the ministry of music within Gosforth St. Nicholas,  and provides an additional opportunity for active participation in the leading of singing . The Baptistery Choir leads worship at least once a month  at both Parish  Eucharist and Evensong.

The Baptistery Choir aims specifically to recruit more mature voices as well as those who have never sung in a choir before. Potential singers are expected to be able to sing in tune and in time but need not have a “great” voice or to read music.

 For further details contact Mike and  Penny Green who direct our  Choirs pennygreen@hotmail.comor mikeitup@live.co.uk

 

 The Junior Choir

There are several things choristers (of all ages) can gain from being in the choir:

· Its fun and its friendly

· Free musical training

· Free Christian Training

· The opportunity to make new friends and contacts,

· Feeling of satisfaction and achievement

· Musical skills can be retained as a life-long hobby and interest . Several former choristers of Gosforth St. Nicholas  have gone on to read music at university and  to  become professional musicians

· Under 16s reading ability, speech fluency in languages, team working, social skills, memorising capacity, time management skills, learning ability, problem-solving ability, ability to handle performance pressures (Stress), artistic ability, and neatness have all been shown by research to improve from being in a choir like ours

· Youngsters get a small financial reward every month - a welcome supplement to pocket money

In recent years  our Choirs  have sung in York Minster, Durham Cathedral, Newcastle Cathedral, Carlisle Cathedral,  St. Oswald’s Heavenfield and Hexham Abbey. Younger members have always been able to take a full part in this.

As part of a lively church there are opportunities to join in all sorts of events: barbecues, bonfire-night, parties, trips away, pantomimes.

Although commitment is much less than for a cathedral chorister, we follow the same Royal School of Church Music voice training scheme. Choristers are awarded their medals on different     coloured ribbons as they progress. The first four ribbons are awarded within the church but there are further awards, which are       examined at the cathedral, if choristers want to go further.

Some quotes from current and recent  members …

“I like the choir because we learn new songs and I like the choir  because I see my friends there”                                        

“I like choir because you go to Cathedrals to sing”                      

“I like choir because you meet new people”                                   

“I like choir because it trains our voices so that we can sing better”                                                                                            

  For further details contact Mike and  Penny Green who direct our  Choirs penngreen@hotmail.comor mikeitup@live.co.uk