At St. John the Baptist church, we have a mixed four-part choir of singers from all age-groups. Our main function is to sing for the main 10am Sunday service and at seasonal and special services, including the occasional 6pm Sunday BCP Choral Evensong. We are also invited to sing at most of the Saturday weddings at St. John the Baptist.
We sing many pieces in the standard repertoire, including settings of Evening Canticles by Howells, Noble, Purcell, Stanford, Sumsion and others.
Our choir offers opportunities for young people to develop their musical and singing skills. We use the RSCM Voice for Life training scheme, which also introduces elements of Christian training. A number of the younger members of our choir sang at the 2016 Peterborough Diocesan Choral Festival and six RSCM Awards were presented: 2 Dean's and 4 Bishop's, which was the most awarded this year to any church in the diocese.
To complement the hard yet fun work, there are social events and choir tours, which gives everyone an opportunity to sing in a cathedral for a week, as well as having plenty of time for sight-seeking and visiting the seaside. Our latest visit was to Truro Cathedral in 2014. Small prizes are awarded each month to younger members for 100% attendance. Everyone enjoys the post-practice biscuits! Adults and young people alike receive a small fee for singing at church weddings.
We are always happy to welcome new members, both young people and adults. Whilst we currently have vacancies for tenors and basses, we are able to take on new singers for any of our four parts.
We are encouraging new people to join the choir but we are still working within COVid restrictions.
If you are interested in finding out more about singing with us, we would like to hear from you.
The main choir practice is on Friday evenings, between 6.45pm and 8pm. During this rehearsal, the choir covers all the music for the weekend's service(s), and sometimes music for future services and events. These rehearsals encourage the choir to achieve a high standard of singing.
The choir also meets for twenty minutes before each service for a final rehearsal.
For younger members of the choir, there is also a practice on Tuesday afternoons in term time between 4.45pm and 5.45pm. During this time, the choristers practise together and in small groups to enhance their singing and musicianship skills and understanding of church liturgy. They are prepared for RSCM bronze, silver and gold awards and several of our members have achieved the Gold Award in recent years.
Details of upcoming choir practices are published on the choir members' website.
Friends of Kingsthorpe Choir
Our choir relies on donations from choir members, parents and friends to purchase training materials, music and robes. Information about how to donate can be found via the link below.
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â€‹O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Bow down before him, his glory proclaim.
JSB Monsell (1811-75)