A REVIEW OF THE PAST YEAR – Mike Foy, Musical Director, says: ‘Although we didn’t sing at anywhere near the number of events of previous years, (in fact, less than half of 2016/17), I do believe that we have had another excellent year, contributing to St Nicholas’ Church, and the local community in many different and important ways. The Christmas term saw us perform with ‘Another Place Choir’ to a very appreciative Read On:
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, who sadly passed away. Following two summer Gala Concerts in 2012 and 2013, our church’s Musical Director, Michael Foy masterminded what has now become St. Nicholas’ Church Annual Music Festival. The St.Nicholas’ Singers choir traditionally performs the first concert in the Church’s week-long ‘Music Festival’.
Over the years, 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. We welcome new members particularly, tenors and basses. Being a community choir, no audition is necessary, just a love of music and singing.
WHAT WE SING: We perform mostly sacred choral music, together with other seasonal music. Past performances include: Faure’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Pergolessi’s Magnificat.
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’.
OUR VENUES: In addition to our summer 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 has also 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 and St. Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent in 2018. See our Photo Gallery
SEASONAL PERFORMANCES: 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 including a performances of ‘Olivet to Calvary’ on Good Friday, and at Easter.
WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS: We sing at St. Nicholas’ or other local churches. A fee is charged, which goes to the church or organ restoration fund.
CHOIR REHEARSALS: 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.
SOCIAL EVENTS: Include a christmas meal or party, an annual trip to Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir to hear a major musical work.
For more information: Tel Mike Foy: 0151 286 0707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org