Our Church Choir is a part of the music programme at St Peter and St Paul’s which serves to serve the church beautifying our worship through the gifts and talents of our community.
The choir has over twenty members, and there is an excellent balance of singers across the four vocal parts.
Who is it for?
All adults! The choir is non-auditioning, but members are asked to attend rehearsals regularly so that our music-making can be of a high standard. Another choir, Gracenotes, ws born out of the junior section of the Church Choir in January 2016, and sings both alongside and separately from the Church Choir.
Who leads the choir?
The church’s Director of Music is Lee Dunleavy, a music graduate of the University of Oxford, former organ scholar of Work minster, and Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He works alongside assistant organists Roger Palmer, Alvise Pellegrini, Roger Windmill, and organ scholars Michael Camberlain and Jonathan Heron, who accompanies our services.
For more information Please contact the Director of Music, Lee Dunleavy, via his bestie www.leedunleavy.co.uk or call/text him on 07817695535
What does the choir sing?
The choir has a broad repertoire, with evening canticle settings by Dyson, Harwood, Stanford, Sumsion, and Wood in repertoire, a Mass setting by Mozart, the requiem by Gabriel Faure, and anthems including extracts from Handel’s Messiah and Brahm’s A german Requiem, Handel’s Zadok the Priest, Mozart Laudate Dominum, and Parry’s I was glad, alongside many of the classic smaller liturgical anthem. Hymns sung at the sung at the services led by the Church Choir are mostly traditional and led from the organ, though the hymn during Communion is often reflective modern song led from the grand piano.
What else does the choir do?
In recent years the Church Choir has sung Choral Evensong at Norwich and St Edmundsbury Cathedrals, and in July 2015 sang both Choral Eucharist and Choral Evensong on a Sunday at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Cathedral visits and a recording are planned for 2016/2017. The Church Choir leads the major services of the year – from Remembrance to the festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and unique to Olney, the annual Shriving Service which takes place at the end of the Pancake Race! It holds an annual summer concert, which in 2014 included works by Bach, Brahms, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart.
Where and when does it happen?
The choir rehearses in the Church each Thursday from 7pm until 8:30pm, and leads the singing at the 10am Eucharist on the first and third Sunday of each month. On the fourth Sunday of the month it plays a greater role in the Eucharist, and sings Choral Evensong at 5pm. On this ‘Choir’ Sunday, there are rehearsals 45 minutes before each service. The choir does not sing on the second or fifth Sunday of the month, enabling members to either have a break from duties or worship in the congregation.