Holy Trinity Church Theale



IfOver Christmas we enjoy singing out in the community as well as in Church, and this year we sang at four community events.  One was indoors, at Elizabeth Court where we had fun singing carols and joining the residents for their Christmas party.  Of the other three, one was rained off and at the other two, we all got soaked to the skin.  And do you know what?  We enjoyed every minute of it.


For the Theale Lights Celebration at the beginning of December we sang carols for the two performances of the Nativity and it was a great evening, but by the time it came to community carol singing (the last event of the evening) it had begun to rain, cold had penetrated to everyone’s bones and we would have been very lonely had we persevered.  Undeterred, the Choir repaired to the Volunteer where (fortified by liquids alcoholic and non) we sang almost our entire repertoire of carols to surprising acclaim from the patrons and a generous donation to the Choir fund from the landlords.  Result!


On Sunday Dec 15th the majority of the choir sat back to enjoy the magnificent Schubert Benedictus sung beautifully and expertly by Claire Powell, Lindsay Hall and Peter French. What a treat.


The evening of 18th December saw a good number of us, old and young, gathering outside Jamie’s Italian at the Oracle Riverside on a dismally wet evening, to sing carols in aid of the Air Ambulance.  We were not allowed to sing under cover, but shoppers gathered under the awning at the entrance to the car park lobby to give good support while we joyfully belted out as many carols as we could remember or read while trying to keep our books dry in torrential rain.  Umbrellas were of only limited value, particularly when one’s neighbour’s umbrella emptied itself suddenly down the back of one’s neck.  Brrr!  At least I now know for sure that my old anorak is no longer waterproof.


We hoped the weather would clear up by Saturday 21st September and at first we thought it might.  But no, once again as we stood outside the Co-op with members of St Luke’s and St Mark’s Englefield, we provided shoppers and passers-by with amusement, chocolates and hopefully a little Christmas spirit as carols burst forth from under our umbrellas and inside the (still wet) raincoats.  Throughout all of these events we felt full of the excitement of the Christmas season and did our best to share the joy of Jesus’ birth with everyone who heard us.


Our “day job” is of course to try to enhance worship, and the Christmas season gives us an abundance of opportunities to do this.  During the Advent Carol Service on December 1st the Senior Choir sang Gabriel’s Message and My Lord! What a morning!.  For the Christmas Carol Service on December 22nd we had 34 singers in the combined Senior and Junior Choirs and the Senior Choir sang The Infant King in an arrangement by David Willcocks, and The Angels’ Carol by John Rutter.  Before the midnight service our carols round the tree included Bethlehem Down by Peter Warlock and Harold Darke’s beautiful setting of Christina Rosetti’s In the Bleak Midwinter.


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AWe hoped the weather would clear up by Saturday 21st September and at first we thought it might.  But no, once again as we stood outside the Co-op with members of St Luke’s and St Mark’s Englefield, we provided shoppers and passers-by with amusement, chocolates and hopefully a little Christmas spirit as carols burst forth from under our umbrellas and inside the (still wet) raincoats.  Throughout all of these events we felt full of the excitement of the Christmas season and did our best to share the joy of Jesus’ birth with everyone who heard us.


Our “day job” is of course to try to enhance worship, and the Christmas season gives us an abundance of opportunities to do this.  During the Advent Carol Service on December 1st the Senior Choir sang Gabriel’s Message and My Lord! What a morning!.  For the Christmas Carol Service on December 22nd we had 34 singers in the combined Senior and Junior Choirs and the Senior Choir sang The Infant King in an arrangement by David Willcocks, and The Angels’ Carol by John Rutter.  Before the midnight service our carols round the tree included Bethlehem Down by Peter Warlock and Harold Darke’s beautiful setting of Christina Rosetti’s In the Bleak Midwinter.


We look forward to a quieter but musical January



Kate Morgan

07824 337999

We have recently introduced a Children’s choir which practice every Tuesday from 6pm-7pm befor the main practice.

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Holy Trinity has a reputation for good music stretching back a long way. The current music reflects our desire to be inclusive, with a fair proportion of traditional hymns complemented by more modern material, all led by the organ and the choir in four-part harmony where possible. We use Common Praise and New Hymns and Worship Songs as our hymn books. We use a musical mass setting during the service for parts such as the Gloria, and sing anthems about twice a month. Anthems cover a wide range of styles from Purcell and Tye to the present day.

Choir Practice is on Tuesday evening from 7pm - 8pm in the church.

We sing at the 10am service every Sunday, plus occasional other services and other events, for example on Good Friday and at weddings.

We try to be as flexible as possible about attendance, recognising that people have other commitments, and don't currently have minimum rehearsal or service requirements. This is quite unusual, but it seems to work! We also try to accommodate singers of different levels, and seek to provide ongoing training and support.

Perhaps you would like to sing with our choir? We have members of all ages and levels.
Contact Kate Morgan for details