LANESFIELD METHODIST CHURCH CHOIR Organist and Choirmaster: Barrie Shinton
Following the closure of Parkfield Road Church on 1st December 1991 I was appointed organist at Lanesfield on 1st June 1992, and subsequently asked to form a 'Mixed Church Choir'. A list of interested people was obtained and the choir was formed.
The first rehearsal was on Friday 2nd October 1992, when about 24 members began the task of learning the Cantata 'Love Transcending' by John Peterson. Maybe a bit ambitious, a Cantata, but nevertheless it was sung on 13th December 1992. It went very well - and we were on our way.
We are a mixed choir, and meet at 7.30pm on a Friday evening. Our numbers have fluctuated over the years from 42, and unfortunately and sadly losing members this year our present choir has decreased to 22.
We sing throughout the year at the following special services: Palm Sunday,The Flower Festival, Harvest, Remembrance Sunday, The Church Anniversary, The Carol Service, Along with other occasions if asked.
Over the year we learn and sing approximately twenty new pieces of music which we hope are enjoyed, and also enhance the church services.
A lot of the music that we use is written by the Salvation Army (who seem to be the only people who write any decent music nowadays!!). another source over the years has been our own choir member Audrey Wigg who has a brilliant talent for writing lyrics to which I have put music. Many other items are arranged by myself for the choir.
We could do with more sopranos, altos, tenors and bass. You do not have to be able to read music - but be able to sing in tune.