St Mary’s Church Choir is normally the cornerstone of sung services in the church, including the 9.30 Sung Eucharist and a Choral Evensong on the first Sunday of each month.
The choir has a wide repertoire, from plainsong to contemporary music. A blog about the history and background to the music sung at Evensong can be found here.
The Choir currently has around 35 members – men, women, boys and girls – mostly from Redbourn. There is a strong social aspect to the choir (with regular parties) and new members are always made to feel welcome, whatever their ability. The choir is directed by Jonathan Goodchild, who is also the church organist.
BUT, the nature of the choir changed radically in March 2020 because of Covid-19. Choir members now make individual recordings which are mixed into the final piece and broadcast as part of the online services. Choir practices, which would normally happen in church on Friday evenings, take place over Zoom, which gives everyone an opportunity to sing through the music to be recorded, as well as to catch up with each other.
Click on the links to hear recordings of the full virtual choir singing Quilter’s Non Nobis Domine, Tallis’s If ye love me and the virtual junior choir singing Chilcott’s Irish Blessing.
Non Nobis Domine by Roger Quilter sung by St Mary’s Church Choir
If Ye Love Me by Thomas Tallis sung by St Mary’s Church Choir
Irish Blessing by Bob Chilcott sung by St Mary’s Junior Choir
If you would like to be involved in the church’s music, either as a member of the virtual choir, or the ‘real’ choir when it eventually resumes, or as an instrumentalist, please do contact Jonathan.