Organist and Choirmaster Neil Turner at the organ, 
24th January, 2016
St. Botolph's Choir pictured before singing Evensong at Portsmouth Cathedral - "The Cathedral of the Sea" - Thursday, 18th February, 2016. The service included Byrd Responses; Psalm 142 to a chant by Herbert Howells; Gibbons 2nd Service, and the anthem Salvator Mundi by John Blow.

At the back, immediately to the right of the lectern as you look at it, is guest organist Philip Drew, organist and choirmaster of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Southsea, and just in front of him is our own Choirmaster, Neil Turner.

See further rehearsal pictures in the gallery, below right.
  1. St. Botolph's, Heene choir at Portsmouth Cathedral, Sept. 14.
  2. St. Botolph's, Heene choir at Chichester Cathedral, 8.8.15
  3. Neil Turner, Organist and Choirmaster, St. Botolph's, Heene
  4. St. Botolph's Choir at Portsmouth Cathedral, 18.2.16
  5. St. Botolph's, Heene choir at Portsmouth Cathedral, 18.2.16
  6. St. Botolph's, Heene, choir at Worcester Cathedral, 26-28 August, 2016
The main purpose of the  choir at St. Botolph's Church is to help lead the worship at our weekly Sung Eucharist services, and to sing occasional Choral Evensongs.
The group also sometimes visits local cathedrals at Chichester and Portsmouth to sing evensong when the Cathedral choir is on holiday; visits local care homes to sing Christmas, Easter and Harvest music for residents who are unable to attend the church due to infirmity, and sings at least two concerts a year at St. Botolph's. They also, at the end of August 2016, paid a three-day visit to sing services at Worcester Cathedral.
The repertoire includes compositions from the Renaissance (16th Century) to the present day.
Since September 1986, the organist and choirmaster has been Neil Turner.
Choir practices are held each Friday between 7.30 and 9.15pm and new members are always welcome.
Junior choristers  - both boys and girls - can start from the age of 7 and are able to follow the RSCM training scheme.
Adults in all voice parts are welcome, but sight-reading ability is preferable, since some of the music is quite challenging.
For further information about the choir please contact:
Martin Didymus, choir librarian, on 01903 202036 or email

Organist and Choirmaster,
Neil Turner.
St. Botolph's choristers and friends who sang services at Worcester Cathedral over the weekend of 26th-28th August, 2016. (Far Left: Neil Turner, Musical Director.)
Neil with the Cantoris side of the choir, during stalls rehearsals at Portsmouth Cathedral, 18.2.16.
The Decani side of the choir during stalls rehearsals at Portsmouth Cathedral, 18.2.16.
St. Botolph's Choir after Evensong at Chichester Cathedral,
August 8th, 2015.
St. Botolph's Choir after Evensong at Portsmouth Cathedral, September 2014.