The 11 o’clock Choir is a formal traditional choir catering for those who enjoy a sung Mass in the serious standard mode. We sing the order of service, 4 hymns and a communion anthem. The Choir is led by Bob Maskell, organist Anthony Hall and deputy organist, Claire Beaton and our rehearsals are usually on Saturday midday in preparation for the next Sunday and sometimes for the subsequent Sunday. New members are always welcome.
Resources: we have two folders containing our music, black for the Mass and regularly sung anthems and blue for Christmas and Easter Services. These are maintained, brought out and gathered back in by a small number of people in the choir who team up to copy music for them.
The Choir sings at Weddings – where a fee is charged, and a pro-forma of suggested hymns is given to the potential bride and groom, which they can decide from and add to, on agreement with us (we need to check licences prior to singing anything) different hymns. They choose what is sung when the register is being signed, sometimes this is a simple anthem from us right through to soloists on their request. Marion Aspell, who is now based in Wootton Bassett with her husband Terry who is a Deacon, is often requested. Bookings for the organist and choir for weddings are taken by Christine Hall.
We also sing, unobtrusively from the front row, at funerals.
The Choir Treasurers are jointly Anne Johnstone and John Hewlett. The money we raise does not go to pay the choir members, we attend voluntarily and feel it to be a great privilege. The proceeds go towards appropriate causes as they arise and annually agreed charities. Choir money is also used for Easter eggs on Easter Sunday which are very welcome after all the practices leading up to Easter and the busy Easter week. At Christmas, gifts are bought in the name of the choir for people in more need than we are, typically the Oxfam village gift projects. The funds are also used to purchase new music, plus parish training and singing events for those who wish to attend.