St Mary’s Choir

Bampton St Mary’s Choir

St Marys Choir performs under the directorship of David New, the Organist and Choirmaster. The Choir sings at our Sunday services each week.  The Senior Choir also practice weekly to prepare for Sunday and other performances. It is a four part choir, currently with an adult membership of approximately 18. The Seniors enjoy the odd social occasion together, just to liven things up! These activities range from the now traditional Choir BBQ in May, to trying Pilates, to eating out together; we also went to see a very talented and slightly alternative brass group perform. Choir practice often involves a certain amount of ‘banter’; the choirmaster believes in a relaxed attitude and to try and make things ‘fun’, as well as getting on with the business of learning new pieces and re-acquainting ourselves with past music. It does work most of the time!!

We also have an increasing number of children who form the Junior Choir. The Junior Choir meet weekly to practice. The Junior Choir spend a certain amount of time learning to read music during their practice time, at the same time earning a small amount of pocket money towards their attendance at both practices and services. They also have occasional impromptu quizzes or other activities to try and lighten the evening. They have recently started singing on their own for part of the service for one Sunday a month. Visits and extra activities are also laid on, on occasion for the Juniors with activities including a trip to a local dairy farm to watch milking (the choirmaster is a farmer!), a lambing trip, a visit up to the church belfry, trips out bowling and more recently a trip to the cinema. The idea is to encourage a team spirit and make things as interesting as possible, as well as encouraging the more serious side to singing.

At Sung Eucharists, the choir normally sings a motet or anthem during the distribution of communion.

The Choir also sings away occasionally, including singing services at Christchurch Cathedral in Oxford, Malvern Priory and Tewkesbury Abbey. In recent years the Choir has visited Lichfield and Guildford Cathedrals to sing Choral Evensong. The Choir also plays a large part in the service of Nine Lessons and Carols just before Christmas and now normally sings a small work about The Passion during Holy Week just before Easter. New members of all voices are always welcome. Please contact the Choirmaster David New at organist@bamptonchurch.org.uk for more information.

The choir is also available for weddings, but booking well in advance is a must.