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:

Charpentier - 'Messe de Minuit'
Vivaldi – ‘Gloria’ and ‘Dixit DominusJohn Rutter – ‘GloriaGabriel Faure – ‘Requiem’
Schubert - 'Mass in G Major'
Christmas Carols - the old favourites and new ones.

Following the two summer Gala Concerts in 2012 and 2013, the idea of one summer concert developed in 2014 and again in 2015 when St. Nicholas’ Church hosted a week-long ‘Music Festival’ in which other choirs and musicians performed throughout the week, displaying our local musical talent.

In addition to our main annual gala concert, The St. Nicholas’ Singers also perform in local churches, (St. Faith’s Crosby and St. Helen’s Sefton) throughout the year, and as a visiting  weekend choir to cathedrals during their own choir’s summer break in August. Southwark Cathedral in 2013, Chester and Liverpool Anglican Cathedrals in 2014, Peterborough Cathedral in 2015, Lichfield Cathedral in August 2016.  The beautiful Chesterfield Parish Church is our 2017 venue for our ‘Away Weekend‘.

 

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