The main purpose of the  choir at St. Botolph's Church is to help lead the worship at our weekly Sung Eucharist services.

We are a robed choir with associations with the Royal School of Church Music, and a number of our singers have taken R.S.C.M awards.

The post of organist and choirmaster is currently vacant but, with the support of visiting organists, Philip Bailey and Richard Baker, and a conductor from within the choir, we are carrying on as much as normal as we can, having Friday practices, and singing a setting, psalm and anthem for the service each week. The repertoire includes compositions from the Renaissance (16th Century) to the present day.

Choir practices are held each Friday starting at 7.30pm. Officially these last until 9.15pm but, whilst there is no choir leader in post, finishing times may vary a little! At present, the group is an adult choir (usually of between 10 and 15 voices) and new members in all voice parts - soprano, alto/counter-tenor, tenor, bass -  are always welcome, but must have some level of sight-reading, please.

In the past, the group has visited local cathedrals at Chichester and Portsmouth to sing evensong when the Cathedral choir is on holiday; visited local care homes to sing Christmas, Easter and Harvest music for residents who are unable to attend the church due to infirmity, and sung at least two concerts a year at St. Botolph's. At the end of August 2016, the choir paid a three-day visit to sing services at Worcester Cathedral
For further information about the choir please contact
Martin Didymus, choir librarian, on 01903 202036 or email martin.didymus@virginmedia.com