Church choirs are known to be particularly busy in the run-up both to Christmas and to Easter, but you may be surprised to know this doesn't make our task any lighter over the summer. At a church like Holy Trinity there are a fair number of weddings and we are often asked to lead the singing for these. It is quite a privilege and each service is always surprisingly different. We actually get 'the best seats in the house' as we are facing the couple as they make their vows.
This year our annual Civic Service was deferred from May to July, partly because of the General Election, but also because John Routh, our Rector, was on Sabbatical leave, so this will be his
first service back with us on 12th July. There will be an anthem from the choir by John Rutter which has also been requested for a wedding in September (For the beauty of the earth).
Although we will have a few weeks break from practices during the summer months we are also starting to think about some of our autumn commitments. We hope to join the Royal School of Church Music's area festival in October in St Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham where we will sing Vespers using a specially written service commemorating themes of justice arising from Magna Carta in its 800th anniversary year.
We may also join in one of the concerts scheduled for next year's Friends' season - watch this space!
If you read this before Saturday 20th June don't forget to attend the Midsummer Muse concert of poetry and gentle jazz in church at 7.30pm, a perfect end to our season and a chance to enjoy the
summer weather outside during the interval (we hope!)