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. We are grateful to Philip for his musical contribution, and wish him all the best for the future.

The organist/choirmaster position was advertised as soon as we knew about Philip's impending departure, but no applicants came forward, so there has since been something of a 'rethink', and the post of organist has been                re-advertised (omitting the choirmaster part).

​The choir has carried on as usual, thanks to a strong "music team": Richard Baker, who helped out during the last vacancy, has very kindly agreed to play the organ for us up until Easter Day, 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 is booked to participate in a combined choirs' Evensong at St. Paul's Church, Chichester on Saturday, 26th January, and to sing Evensong at Portsmouth Cathedral on Saturday, 30th March, with a further cathedral visit possible later in the year.

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