Sherborne Abbey Choir
The choir of men and boy choristers has a long and illustrious tradition stretching back over several hundred years.
Its principal function is to lead the Abbey congregation in its Sunday services each week and it sings a wide range of music, ranging from medieval plainsong to the most contemporary choral music.
There are 22 choristers, aged 8 and upwards, who all attend local schools, while the gentlemen of the choir are comprised of a number of local singers and three choral scholars. The Director of Music is always glad to hear from anyone interested in becoming a member of the choir.
The Abbey is a focal point for many other musical events in the town, with concerts taking place each month. Its annual Music Festival takes place in May and organ recitals are held each Bank Holiday Monday.
The Abbey Choir's new CD A New Heaven is now available, featuring music from the whole church year. The CD was recorded during the summer on Friday and Saturday evenings when the abbey is closed to visitors and traffic noise is at a minimum. Director of music Paul Ellis comments: "The recording required a big commitment from all our choir members and, with sessions taking place a the end of the school week, it was a particularly big undertaking for our younger members, some of whom are only eight years old. We are delighted with the result and hope that there is something there foe everyone to enjoy listening to." The CD, which is conducted by Paul Ellis and accompanied by organist Peter Bray, contains many well-loved pieces from the choir's repertoire, from the 16th century to the 20th century.
Available from the Abbey Shop priced £9.95.