The choir in St. Albans Cathedral
St. Mary’s Welwyn has been very fortunate to be able to maintain a strong musical tradition for many years. The choir has been invited to sing in cathedrals and large parish churches and the number of regular choir members has always been in excess of 20.
In the recent past the choir has consisted mainly of adult members, male and female. However, we have a choir for young people - Welwyn Tune, who sing with the main choir for some Sunday services. They also sing for some services on their own. They are under the direction of Barbara Young and you can find more information about them here.
The main choir sings at the 9.30am Eucharist service in St. Mary’s every Sunday morning and two/three Evensong Services each month, one of which is Choral, incorporating settings of the responses and canticles.
An anthem is sung during the communion at every Sunday morning 9.30am service.
Over the last few years, the choir has been invited to sing at several cathedrals and has sung Evensong at St. Albans Cathedral and Norwich Cathedral and a Choral Eucharist at St. Albans Cathedral. On Saturday May 16th 2015 the choir sang the service of Choral Evensong at Peterborough Cathedral and it has now been confirmed that the choir will sing Choral Evensong in Westminster Abbey on Saturday April 9th 2016.
The choir jealously guards the tradition of high quality English Church music but this includes works by modern composers such as Tavener, Chilcott, Laurisden, Philip Stopford and Ola Gjeilo as well as the more traditional Stanford, Wesley and others.
The choir is there to support the worship and liturgy of the church and strives to produce music of the highest possible standard.
All of this musical offering to the church is well supported by the congregation and is supplemented by a fine two-manual Nicholson organ which is less than 20 years old and a talented sub-organist. For technical infomation on the organ, click here.