Music forms a major part in the life of our two churches, both at our regular services and at the many occasional services for weddings, baptisms and funerals. In addition 2019 marked our eleventh annual week-long Music Festival, which attracts approximately 2000 visitors to hear an eclectic mix of vocal, choral and instrumental music. The festival not only features local talent and schools, but also artists of international repute, many of whom have graced the major concert venues, both home and abroad.
At St Benedict’s there is a tradition of choral singing. we have a soprano, alto, tenor, bass (SATB) choir who sing at our regular weekly 10.30 a.m. Sunday service as well as part of Evensong, which takes place on the first Sunday of every month. The choir also sing at all major feast days and festivals, including Christmas and Easter. They sing too at occasional weddings and funerals. The choir are a friendly group of people who meet regularly for choir practice. They are always looking for new members, who would be made most welcome. Anyone interested in joining should feel free to contact the Rector or the Parish Office in the first instance.
The church runs a series of musical events throughout the year to which all are welcome. Ticket prices are very reasonable and events include a yearly music festival and various concerts ranging from performances by male voice choirs and brass bands to performances by various vocal and music groups. Recent concerts have included performances by the National Flute Orchestra, The Jackfield Brass Band and even an Elvis tribute act!