St Heliers Chorale - about us
The choir of St Heliers Presbyterian contributes to the community's mission and enriches its life. Its role is primarily leading the community in worshiping God through music. We aim to enrich the services with inspiring music of all ages.
Our choir rehearses Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m.
Attendance at rehearsals is highly advised; It ensures we fully serve the community and sing as a team!
We assist and perform at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday services primarily but are also called upon to enrich the 9 a.m. service on occasion.
You're all welcome! Especially if you're able to read or, better still, are prepared to learn - don't be shy! Our repertoire is growing, consisting of wonderful music both ancient and modern.
The choir's name expresses a desire to also nurture the singing of chorales and psalms, those timeless, beautiful, yet simple forms of music created within the great Christian musical heritage.
You are warmly welcome!
Any queries contact me on (021) 880-726.
With all of God's abundant blessings,
Director of Music
St. Heliers Chorale - the latest
Well it's almost concert time again! The Reformation Concert is on this Sunday at 3 pm and this week is the last of our Winter term.
We're also singing for the second service this Sunday, the choir's anthem being "Jesu, joy of our desiring" (see the video below).
I believe we've made excellent progress in learning the hymns and anthems for the imminent concert. It's also been very pleasing to see new members from other parishes participate in preparations for this one-in-five-hundred year event. Throughout August the Reformation will be featured in each service either by music or drama. Of course the music will be most memorable!
Musically, a key development of the Reformation was the creation of the chorale. This new musical form introduced the singing of simple musical settings of words in the vernacular within the reformed services. While the reformers had differing opinions on the role of music in worship, generally they agreed on the need for a return to simplicity. And so came to be new sacred musical forms, such as chorales, hymns, anthems, Misa Brevis and the metrical psalters. Over the course of time, complexity, sophistication and reactionary new styles inevitably developed.
We'll be having a break after this Sunday and resuming rehearsals on either the 24th of 31st of August.
Last, but not least, our Advent concert will again be held in late November (the 25th), which has become now a much-anticipated musical event in the life of St Heliers Church and Centre.
The video below is of a performance of "Jesu, bleibet meine freude" ("Jesus, remain my joy". An arrangement by J.S. Bach of an existing chorale, it is a product of the Reformation and one of the most recognised pieces of music ever written.