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.
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 a.m. Sunday service.
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!
Our remaining rehearsals of the year will focus on music for our centennial concert, on November the 29th, as well as our centennial service, to be celebrated on December the 6th. Be sure not to miss out on these one-in-a-hundred year events! Well they are more than events, they’re based on spirituality, a community bound together by a common faith.
This year’s concert will involve various talent from our community and the choir’s music will consist mainly of music we’ve learnt in the past year, such as If ye love me, Send us as your blessing.
But we’ll also sing favourites such as the Hallelujah chorus from Messiah and two new works for the choir: a choral arrangement of “We are the world”, by Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson and “Lead me Lord”, by Elizabeth and Wayne Goodine.
So please note these dates in your diary:
29 November – centennial concert;
6 December – centennial Sunday service; and
20 December – carols and readings service
Due to the centennial celebrations this year our carols and readings service on the 20th will understandably need to be less involving than in previous years.
Otherwise there’s a lot to look forward to even if we’re nearing the end of the year. Please ensure all music other then the pieces we’re singing for the above occasions are returned for filing.
The audio-video links below are recordings of ‘If ye love me’, by Thomas Tallis (c. 1505 – 1585). Both are performances by the Cambridge singers. Notice how smoothly and quietly the music is sung giving it a calm yet confident sense of the sacred and of devotion.