St Thomas’s has a long tradition of encouraging the use of music in its worship. We have a strong and enthusiastic choir which leads the congregational singing and provides appropriate anthems and motets during the Sharing at the Holy Communion. We use approachable but musically-interesting settings for the Eucharist which choir and congregation sing together. Our range of hymns, psalms and worship songs is wide and varied.
Our Organist and Choir Director is Wilmarc Ellman ( centre) who is supported by two other organists Roger Evernden (right) and Louis Nel (left). We are so blessed to have such able and skilled musicians leading our music.
St Thomas’s has a fine organ. It has recently (2016) been restored by Martin Cross 32 years after its last rebuild in 1984.
The choir usually rehearses during term time on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8pm in the Parish Room as well as before the 10.30 morning service.
The choir sings the communion setting, hymns, psalm and anthem, usually in four parts, and rehearses these each week. Rehearsals are also used to prepare for special services and concerts, particularly the traditional Carol Service on the Sunday evening before Christmas.
For special occasions we invite singers from other church choirs to enlarge the choir. Such events have included the Queen’s Jubilee, and the visiting choirs from Lambersart, Southborough’s twin town in France.
We are always happy for new members to join in - there is no audition, only a heart for singing, and the ability to learn. If you would like to join the choir, why not speak to Wilmarc, and he is likely to suggest that you come to a few practices to see how you get on.
Wilmarc Ellman can be contacted on 01892 520203.
CHOIRS FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Additional groups get together to sing for some special occasions. For our 2016 Christmas Carol service, a children's choir performed, as well as a Men's choir. Here are pictures of the choirs practising: