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.

Although there has been no permanent organist/choirmaster in post since the end of October 2018, ​the choir has carried on as usual - and, in fact, gone from strength to strength -  thanks to a strong "music team": Richard Baker has been playing the organ for us from November '18 and will continue to do so until the end of June '19, 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. We are hugely grateful to them all!

Our advertisements for a new organist seemed for many months to be falling on stony ground, but we are now (May 2019) delighted to announce that we have been successful in finding a team of three musicians (Richard included) who will play for us from July onwards. We are also delighted that, for the time being at least, Tony will stay on as choirmaster. Further details of the new personnel will follow in due course.

Since the current "music team" has been in place, the choir has participated in a combined choirs evensong at St. Paul's Church, Chichester on Saturday, 26th January, and (with a few friends joining us) sung evensong at Portsmouth Cathedral on Saturday, 30th March. Our next foray away from St. Botolph's will be to Chichester Cathedral on Saturday, 8th June, when we will be joining with many other choristers in the 2019 Diocesan Choirs Festival for an evensong.

Unfortunately our choir (and friends) concert at St. Botolph's, planned for early June, has had to be postponed due to choir illness, but it is hoped that a new date will be arranged soon and, meanwhile, the group is continuing - in addition to rehearsing music for Sunday services - to work on new pieces which will be used on this occasion.

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])


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.