Music and Choir
NEED A NEW CHALLENGE? DO YOU WISH TO DEVELOP A NEW SKILL?
Do you enjoy singing? Did you used to sing, but perhaps you haven’t sung recently?
Come and join us for our choir practices on Fridays from 7.00 – 8.00pm – usually on the 2nd and 4th Friday evenings of each month. ( please check “Calendar” or the current magazine for dates)
The choir is a robed choir and leads every 10.00am Sunday service.
The choir sings a wide variety of church music, often in four parts, and in varying musical styles accompanied by the organ, or the digital piano or by our instrumental group.
There are also social events from time to time. There are no membership costs involved.
Singing is so beneficial for everyone’s well-being. It’s a relaxing exercise and it also provides the opportunity to meet with other people in a friendly setting.
Come and join us!
If you require any further information please contact the Director of Music, Mrs Susan Bright via e-mail; email@example.com
Holy Epiphany Church Choir
The choir comprises a very friendly group of people and we warmly welcome new members of any age.
The choir sings from a rich heritage of traditional Christian hymns alongside music from Iona (John Bell) and Taize, as well as music written by many contemporary composers such as Bernadette Farrell, Paul & Kristen Getty, Graham Kendrick, Margaret Rizza, Christopher Tambling, Stuart Townend, etc.
A good balance is maintained between singing the music from our rich heritage of more traditional church music, alongside the contemporary style of new worship songs which have evolved over more recent decades.
Several different settings of the sung Eucharist are used which add variety to our Eucharistic services. Settings currently used are as follows: The Salisbury Setting by Grayston Ives, The St Thomas Mass by David Thorne, The St Benedict Mass by Margaret Rizza and The English Folk Song Mass by Malcolm Archer.
All of these settings follow the wording within the Common Worship service styles as set out by the Church of England.
The choir is embarking upon learning a new Celtic style of the communion setting – The Kilgreggan Mass by Peter Nardone.
The church has an excellent pipe organ and also a touch sensitive, digital piano. Therefore we can adapt the accompaniments for the differing styles of hymns/worship songs by the use of varying instrumentation.
We are very fortunate to have an instrumental group which accompanies some of our services, both Eucharistic and non-Eucharistic. At present we have clarinets, flute, keyboard and drums and would always welcome additional instrumentalists to join us. These differing styles of accompaniment give an added dimension the music we offer in our worship.
The Church Organ
Holy Epiphany Church has a two-manual organ, housed in a recess four metres above the north choirstalls. The organ is a wonderful instrument and it has a fine, rich tone. It has 21 ranks of pipes. The action is electro-pneumatic, and the stop action is mechanical.
It was built in 1879 by Harrison and Harrison and installed in St Mary Magdalene Church in Dundee. Henry Willis and Co moved the entire instrument, virtually unchanged, to this church in 1954.
SWELL – 8′ Oboe, 8′ Cornopean, 4′ Flute, 4′ Principal, 8′ Vox Humana, 8′ Saliconal, 8′ Diapason, 16′ Bourdon, Tremulant, Octave Coupler, Swell-to-Great Coupler, Swell-to-Pedal Coupler, Balanced Swell-Pedal.
GREAT – 8′ Trumpet, 8′ Clarinet, 2′ Fifteenth, 2-Rank Mixture, 4′ Flute, Quint, 4′ Principal, 8′ Stopped Diapason, 8′ Open Diapason, 16′ Bourdon, Great-to-Pedal Coupler.
PEDAL – 16′ Bourdon, 16′ Sub-bass, 16′ Bass
PISTONS – Six Mechanical foot pistons, 3 on Swell and 3 on Great