St Giles’ Choir
If you should happen to ask members of the church just who the choir members are, you might be told that they are the group who sit on the far side of church and wear red robes in the 9.30 Sunday Service. We sit in the choir stalls so that we can effectively sing together and support the worship in our services. We wear robes for the same reason as the worship leaders – to show respect for our role in worship. What we really want you to know is that we are a friendly group who love to sing a wide variety of music and feel that this is the way in which we can express our desire to worship. We are not experts – simply individuals who enjoy being part of the experience of making music with others. All of us would tell you that singing is incredibly uplifting. Some of us read music – others would say that they do not. However we all learn the basics of understanding music as we practise each week. We sing both traditional and modern music. We sing in four part harmony where appropriate and this adds interest and depth to music. We are currently exploring opportunities to sing with the worship band when we have joint services; on other occasions we have shared the service with the band – each of us supporting different elements of the worship.
We practise each Friday from 7 to 9 with a coffee break in the middle. We have great fun as we learn new pieces and share time informally together. We all get involved in the life of the church, supporting events like the Christmas Bazaar and organising charity carol singing round the parish at Christmas. Beyond our own church we share in worship at special events both at Coventry and Birmingham Cathedral.
Finally – we spend informal time together, getting to know one another better and enjoying ourselves away from our singing! We have a day out each year and we organise meals and theatre trips. So please don’t just see us a people in formal looking robes who disappear into the vestry at the end of a service. Look out for us at coffee afterwards or find us at a church event and have a chat. You might even decide to come along and have a go yourself!