We enjoy our music at St Alkelda’s!
As in many ancient churches, our services used to be accompanied by musicians and singers up in a gallery in the west end. This was removed during the Victorian restoration and our Abbot & Smith pipe organ was installed. [For the experts] The organ is a large two-manual by Abbot & Smith from 1893 and was extensively renovated in 2005.
Our organist Ellie Everhart directs a small choir who sing from the choir stalls at the weekly Sunday service. The choir increases for special services, church festivals and concerts and new members are very welcome.
Choir practice is on Thursday evenings, 6-7.30 pm and we work on music for the monthly Book of Common Prayer Evensong and for special services such as Easter and Christmas, including the meditative Good Friday service, and Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. We sing a range of music from medieval Latin motets to modern settings of psalms and canticles and new repertoire in a range of styles.
If you would like to try us out for a rehearsal, do get in touch – email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also host concerts from time to time by local choirs and musicians, both professional and amateur.