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St Andrew’s Choir under lockdown!

April 2020: From our Musical Director, Jane Eldred

ChoirPhoto030716cropSo far, for me personally, the worst week in the progress of the pandemic was the week beginning 16 March, especially the first three days when I received a deluge of emails cancelling all the musical activities I normally do, church services were completely suspended and we received notice that schools would close on the Friday. Feelings of shock and almost bereavement ensued, I’m sure felt by everyone.  And I could not hold a choir practice that week, even just for the trebles.

Zoom is in the room...
It was really remarkable how quickly everyone started to think of ways the situation could be mitigated, and how speedily we all turned to technical solutions. I was way behind on the tech and it has been a steep learning curve, but now I find it hard to believe that on 16 March I had never heard of Zoom! Within a week of the cancelled choir practice I had downloaded it, practised using it, and had a virtual birthday meeting with my family on it! I was ready for virtual choir practice!

Choir practice without leaving the house...
So, I sent out the link and waited to see whether anyone would ‘tune in’. Lo, at 7.00pm on Friday 27 March most of St Andrew’s choir appeared on my screen in their little windows! It was so lovely to see everyone and they seemed very happy to have something to do on Friday evenings and to just connect. And they have been keen to carry on through the school holidays, so we have had four practices at the time of writing. Of course, it’s not like aZoom logo live practice – I have had to get to grips with the muting/unmuting, sharing screens so everyone can see the music and words and doing my own piano accompaniment, which, as the choir knows, is a challenge for me! And the singers can only hear me and Colin and themselves when they sing along – and I can’t hear them.  But I’m sure they are note-perfect! Sound quality has been a bit of an issue but I think I have worked out ways of making it a bit better.

Recording layers of harmony...
Another skill I have learned is the use of software allowing me to record multi-tracks, so Colin (whose assistance has been invaluable – thanks, husband) and I have been able to record things in 4 and 5 parts between us. I’ve sent these to the choir as study aids but they are also available to listen to here. The recordings below include the anthem that would have been sung on Easter Sunday (The angel rolled that stone away), plus some others. Christ the Lord is risen again is the anthem we might have sung on the Sunday after Easter.

Easter Music recorded by Jane and Colin Eldred

This joyful Eastertide.mp3
Jane and Colin Eldred,
Christ the Lord is risen again!.mp3
Jane and Colin Eldred,
O nata lux - Tallis.mp3
Jane and Colin Eldred,
The angel rolled that stone away.mp3
Jane and Colin Eldred,
At the time of writing, I’m some way off being able to do those clever split-screen recordings you see on social media etc – but in the fullness of time we might be able to do a remote choir recording, maybe! I’m also aware that there are those who don’t have the technical means to join us on a Friday. If there is anything musical I can do to help you feel connected please do let me know. For example, we did record a Love Hymns request and sent it to the person concerned. We’d be very happy to do some more of those - just ask. Also, if you don’t normally sing in the choir but would like to try out a Zoom practice, please email me and I’ll send you the link, or phone me. I send all the materials out before the practice by email. Singing is good for the soul!

Jane’s contact details:

Tel: 01992 503658
Mob: 07900 144010
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Our Service

The service will usually begin promptly at 10.30am and will last between 60 and 75 minutes. We enjoy the presence of an excellent choir who help us sing hymns (modern and traditional) as well as provide anthems and special songs through the period of communion. We have a traditional organ but also benefit from music played on the piano and by our band (eg on the Second Sunday of each month when we have an All-Age Service in which our children and young people are fully involved).

Each 10.30am service includes a sermon, prayers and eucharist.

After the service, everyone is invited for coffee and conversation - some like to stay for a  quick chat while others remain in the church for a longer time.


Children and Young People

We have a great programme lined up for our children. This is organised by our Family, Children and Youth Worker, Tracy Plumpton, who is always delighted to welcome new faces. Those arriving before their first service at St Andrew’s can ask to see Tracy or one of the other leaders.

We really value worshipping God together as a family, so children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service before being invited to leave for the age appropriate activities after the first hymn. You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy.

The children and young people then return to the main service in time to join the eucharist and, if confirmed, take Holy Communion or, if not, receive a blessing.

There is a Children's Corner in church where you can go at any time. You will find books, toys and drawing materials there.

Toilet and baby-change facilities are located at the back of church, behind the kitchen.

Junior Church celebration

Getting Connected

Home Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week. Check out Home Groups on our website and see if there’s one that you could join. Alternatively, speak to a member of the Welcome Team who will give you the information that you need.

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What we describe above reflects our normal practice on Sunday mornings. However, since March 2020 we have had to adopt new ways of organising ourselves. For up-to-date information about current services (in church and online via Zoom), please look at details on our Worship and Prayer Page.
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