There are approximately twelve singers in the choir. Whilst female voices are used for the soprano line, male countertenors supply the alto part. Thus when required, a three part choir of male voices can be employed.
New members are always welcome. There is no formal audition, and prospective singers are asked to attend choir practice at 7.30 on Thursday evenings (entry via the vestry door in St. Chad’s Place). A separate rehearsal for Saturday Evensong is held before the service at 3.30 p.m.
Sung MatinsPrayer Book Matins is sung in the choir at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Choir and congregation sit together in the choir stalls, and the service is sung to chants in four parts. Saint Chad’s is one of few churches to maintain the singing of Matins.
Sung EucharistThe Eucharist, in traditional language, is sung by the full choir at 11 a.m. on Sundays and at 7.30 p.m. on Holydays. The propers (Introit, Gradual, Alleluia, Offertory and Communion) are sung to plainsong. The ordinary of the Mass (Kyrie, Gloria, Creed, Sanctus and Agnus Dei) are sung using one of six settings, all of which are chosen to allow full participation by the congregation. There are four hymns and a psalm, and the choir sings a motet during communion.
Prayer Book Evensong is now sung every Saturday at 4.30 p.m., (except the Saturdays after Easter Day and Christmas Day). The service is ‘cathedral-style’, starting with ‘O Lord, open thou our lips’ and ending with the five prayers after the anthem. The responses and the canticles are sung to a wide range of settings from the sixteenth century to the latter part of the twentieth century. Some Evensongs are sung using men’s voices only, and from time to time the First Prayer Book of Edward V1 (1549) is used for these services.
Please see the Music List for details.