Music

St Peter's Church Choir

St Peter's has a fine, active church choir, numbering around 25 members. It plays a central part in worship, leading the singing of the congregation and contributing week by week from its own wide and expanding repertoire of choral works from the renaissance period to the present day. 

We believe that everyone who is interested in singing in the choir should have the opportunity to do so - adults, young people or children - no matter what level of experience they may have, and there are no auditions. However, the choir does strive for high standards, and professional training is provided in regular rehearsals to enable the choir to maintain those standards, and individuals within it to grow in confidence and ability. Two choral scholarships are offered each year for young people aged 16-18. 

Rehearsals are held on Friday evenings and before the 10.30am Eucharist on Sunday mornings, which is the main service at which the choir sings. Other sung services include an Advent Carol Service, the Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas, Christmas Midnight Mass and occasional funerals and weddings. During 2017 it is also planned to introduce a monthly Choral Evensong.

 

St Peter's Bellringers

St Peter's Church has eight bells, the tenor weighing about 18 cwt. They are rung for morning service on Sundays usually from 9:45 to 10:25, and for various festivals. New ringers, with or without previous experience, and visitors are always very welcome to join us.

If you would like to learn to ring, please come along to one of our practices on Mondays from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. when we would be only too pleased to introduce you (in easy stages) to the art of bellringing, from handling a bell to ringing Stedman Triples, and beyond. No musical ability, or complicated maths are required, just a willingness to learn, and you will become fascinated by the diverse aspects of this very traditional skill.

St Martin's Bellringers

St Martin's Bellringers practice on alternate Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.

St George's Bellringers

Ringing times

From 30 minutes to 5 minutes before services start.

Practice night: Tuesday, 19:00 - 20:30.

Visiting ringers and learners are always welcome to come along. If you are aged 11 years or older and would like to find out more about ringing the bells at St George's Church then please contact Fiona Hall.

About the Bells

Originally there were just six bells in the tower at St George's Church. The whole bell-ringing chamber and the bell tower were refitted in 1906, and two spaces were left to accommodate the additional two bells required to ring a peal. In the year 2000, the bells were rehung with modern fittings and retuned, in remembrance of Diane Tocock.

In May 2005, after 99 years of waiting, the six bells were augmented to eight. The two new bells were cast in Whitechapel on 4th March 2005, at a cost of £16,000, and were installed by Bridport-based specialists Nicholson Engineers. The bells were dedicated at a special service on 19th June 2005, when members of the Guild of Ringers in the region were present.

Weight:
Tenor - 13 - 1 - 19 Note G
Treble - 3 - 3 - 20

Bells 3 and 5 date back to the 15th Century.

St George's Choir

St George's Choir practices regularly in Fridays at 7 p.m. under the leadership of Evelyn Kingman, the organist who has faithfully served St George's for many years. Four-part singing is demanding. It is also fun, and the choir enjoys its work and its fellowship.

If you enjoy singing, even if you don't have much experience, you will be warmly welcomed on a Friday evening. There is no audition to pass, and you do not have to be able to read music; being keen and willing to "sing to the Lord a new song" are more important. Tenors and basses are particularly welcome.

Taizé

St Mary’s has conducted regular Taizé worship on the 1st Sunday of each month for over twenty years, attracting an ecumenical congregation from Dorchester and the surrounding area. The service is ‘authentic’ in its format and content and is run by a team of 7, including its two team leaders who create a new service sheet each month based on church seasons and themes. The quality of the music is extremely high and over the years we have been able to introduce new chants by teaching a core group of singers who are regular attenders. All are welcome to join us at 6 pm on the 1st Sunday of the month for this special, deeply spiritual and atmospheric worship experience. Give yourself time and space to be in the presence of God during the eight minute silence. Listen to the prayers and join in the chants or just remain silent, letting the music penetrate your being.

St Mary's Choir

St Mary's has a long and valued standard of music, both choral and instrumental. A small choir maintains performance levels throughout the Choral Eucharist at 9-45 each Sunday, with a suitable anthem sung during Communion. Various Mass settings are used. The Congregation is encouraged to join with them for the Kyrie, Gloria, Psalm, Sanctus and Agnus Dei, together with hymns. Organ voluntaries are played before & after each service, as appropriate.

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