Music

Music

Music is part of St Gregory's normal weekly worship

ENRICHING OUR WORSHIP THROUGH MUSIC

St.Gregory’s is very fortunate to have a dedicated 4-part SATB choir.

An anthem is sung at most Eucharistic services and the choir leads the worship with a range of choral settings.

It plays a major part in each of the main Festivals including Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. From time to time we sing Evensong and Compline, and join forces with other local choirs to sing music on a larger scale.

Repertoire ranges from early plainsong and through the ages to the present day; familiar and unfamiliar, accompanied and unaccompanied. Musical challenges are all part of the diet.

Worship is at the heart of all we do as Christians and part of our worship is to give praise to God.

We can do this in many different ways in our lives but when we gather together to worship, our praise is magnified through words and music.

There has been a long history of church music here at St Greg’s and we are keen to see it grow and develop to reflect our current generation as well as provide a place for the next generation to learn and develop musically and spiritually.

CHURCH CHOIR

Rehearsals are friendly, good-humoured and purposeful.

The aim is to sing with understanding and enjoyment, and always as musically as possible.

We welcome new singers and only ask three things:

  • The ability to pitch accurately.

  • A good degree of commitment.

  • Willingness to be part of a happy, dedicated team who are receptive to rehearsing a variety of pieces spanning over 1,000 years of musical history.

 

INTRODUCING OUR NEW ORGANIST AND CHOIR DIRECTOR 

David Arkell

David grew up in Buckinghamshire and was educated at Stowe School and Durham University, where he studied music and qualified as a teacher. Subsequently he took a degree in languages and taught French, German, and music for many years in various schools. After 30 years of teaching he decided to take early retirement in 2021 and move to rural Dorset. He is a keen organist who enjoys working with choirs. As a pianist he likes performing chamber music and accompanying. Pastimes include hillwalking, cross-country cycling, and writing poems. His first book of poetry ‘Divine Loves’ was published in 2019. 

He begins his new role as organist and choir director of St. Gregory’s Church on 1st September 2021.