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.
Up coming Events
Music Festival 2021
It is with a great sense of regret that we have had to come to the decision to cancel our Music Festival last year.
We have left it as late as possible in the hope that circumstances may change. However taking all the Government advice and the fact that it would be a very difficult job sorting out a risk assessment even if concerts are allowed to start up again with social distancing. There would also be concerns that a potential audience may not wish to come even if it was permissible.
We would need time to advertise and promote the weeks concerts and if we leave the decision any longer that would not be possible.
We are all very disappointed but we will continue to plan for next year and hope to see you all then.