The St. Nicholas Singers – a Community Choir

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How We Started:
Our community choir was first established early in 2012 to produce a charity concert in memory of Colette Thornborough, our Vicar from 2002 until 2011. When Colette sadly died after a long illness it was felt that her legacy of love, inspiration and spiritual guidance should be celebrated with music she would love in a charity concert. This was held in June 2012.  Organised by our St. Nicholas’ Musical Director, Michael Foy, the concert raised funds for our church and other charities dear to her heart.

 

Our Aim:
To bring the musical talents of local people together to enjoy the creative and expressive art of music and to stage concerts and seasonal events within the community’.

Since the first concert in June 2012, the choir has gone from strength to strength with members learning new skills and repertoires. Through Mike’s leadership we are always being musically challenged. His vision is to capitalise on people’s passion for singing, and a belief that a choir is a platform to come together.

What we sing:
We perform mostly sacred choral music, together with other seasonal music. Past performances include: Faure’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, …..

After two summer Gala Concerts in 2012 and 2013, the idea of a music festival developed.  Since 2014 St. Nicholas’ Church has hosted as week-long Music Festival’ in which The St. Nicholas Singers’ Gala Concert commences the week with other choirs and musicians performing throughout the week: a showcase for local musical talent as well as performing to delighted audiences.

In addition to our main annual gala concert, The St. Nicholas’ Singers regularly perform in local churches throughout the year (St. Faith’s Church, Crosby and St. Helen’s, Sefton).  Since 2013, the St. Nicholas’ Singers have performed sung Evensong and Eucharist in various cathedrals, during their own choir’s summer break –  Southwark Cathedral in 2013, Chester and Liverpool Anglican Cathedrals in 2014, Peterborough Cathedral in 2015, Lichfield Cathedral in August 2016 and the beautiful Chesterfield Parish Church, Derbyshire in 2017. Our  venue for our ‘Away Weekend‘ in 2018 is Bruges and Ghent Cathedral in Belgium.

 

During the Christmas Season, the choir further fulfills its community aim by singing at local venues – CHET, Jospice, Nazareth House and St.Faith’s Christmas Tree Festival. It regularly augments the main church choir on special occasions and special services.

We also sing at weddings and funerals at St. Nicholas’ or other local churches.  Here a fee is charged, which goes to the church or organ restoration fund.

Our choir rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings between 7.30pm – 9.00pm in the church hall. New members are very welcome, particularly male tenors and basses. No audition is required, just come along with enthusiasm and energy!  £2 a week towards music and hall heating.

 

For more information: Tel Mike Foy: 0151 286 0707 or email stnicscomchoir@hotmail.co.uk