Music

St Peter's Church Choir

St. Peter’s Church Choir, which numbers about two dozen members, has a large repertoire and sings sacred music from the renaissance period to the modern day.  We believe that everyone who has an interest in singing in a church choir should have the opportunity to do so and no auditions take place.  However, we strive for exacting standards and pride ourselves in our professionalism, welcoming new members: children, young people and adults in a friendly environment.  

We have two choral scholarships available each year for 16-18 year old singers. Choir practice is every Friday, 7.15pm-8.15pm in church. The choir sings at the Sung Eucharist every Sunday at 10.30am, at special services such as Nine Lessons and Carols and Midnight Mass and at occasional funerals and weddings. This year we hope to start a monthly Choral Evensong too.

 

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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