The main purpose of the  choir at St. Botolph's Church is to help lead the worship at our weekly Parish Eucharist services when, in addition to hymns, there is a sung communion setting, psalm and anthem.

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.

With effect from 1st November 2018, the choir was once again without a permanent organist/choirmaster, since Philip Bailey, who was appointed back in October 2017 had decided, for a variety of reasons, that he was unable to continue in the post. The organist/choirmaster position was advertised as soon as we knew about Philip's impending departure, but no applicants came forward, so there was something of a 'rethink', and the post of organist has been extensively re-advertised since, unfortunately so far (April 1st, 2019) with no positive responses.

​The choir has carried on as usual - and, in fact, gone from strength to strength -  thanks to a strong "music team": Richard Baker, who helped out during our last vacancy, has very kindly agreed to play the organ for us up until the end of June, while Tony Tournoff has taken on the role of choirmaster and is taking choir practices and conducting on Sundays. As happened previously when there was a 'vacancy' in the music department, Martin Didymus, choir librarian, is helping to co-ordinate things and assist with constructing music lists.

Choir practices are held each Friday starting at 7.30pm and finishing at 9.15pm and new members, in all voice parts, would be very welcome. At present, the group is an adult choir (usually of about 10 voices). Some level of sight-reading is required, but do come along on a Friday and give us a try (entrance via rear entrance on Manor Road, Worthing), or give Martin a call to discuss things (01903 202036 or email [email protected])

In the past, St. Botolph's choir 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. The most recent Cathedral visit was for three days at Worcester Cathedral at the end of August 2016.

However, after a busy Christmas season, when the choir sang at a carol service at Ramsay Hall Home for Retired Clergy, and sang round the wards at Worthing Hospital, as well as contributing four choir items to our Community Carol Service, more forays outside our own church are planned. 

The group participated in a combined choirs' Evensong at St. Paul's Church, Chichester on Saturday, 26th January, and sang Evensong at Portsmouth Cathedral on Saturday, 30th March. 

For further information about the choir please contact             
Martin Didymus on 01903 202036 or email [email protected] 


Most members of St. Botolph's Choir - plus a few friends - made the trip along the coast to Portsmouth on Saturday, March 30th, 2019 to sing Evensong at the Cathedral. Music included Rose responses, Wood in D canticles, Psalm 116 (with a chant by choirmaster Tony Tournoff), and the anthem Thou Wilt Keep Him in Perfect Peace by S.S. Wesley. Tony (pictured back row, far left) conducted the choir and we had the services of guest organist Philip Drew (pictured fourth from right, back row) at the organ. Philip is organist and choirmaster of the church of the Holy Spirit, Southsea.