Kenton has a long history of music. There has been a choir in Kenton Church for as far as anyone can remember, definitely since 1898 as there is a photograph in the church with a choir at that time! In the 1960’s-1980’s we had an Augmented Choir made up of many local singers who gave a number of concerts and also appeared on TV. Recently we sang with the Linkebeek Camarata when they came to Kenton for a Twinning weekend.

 

At the moment we are 16 in number, led and taught by our talented organist, Stanley, who takes us for Choir practice on Friday evenings. We are a four part choir but are in dire need of more tenors and basses. We sing at weddings and funerals, apart from Sunday services (Parish Communion at 10.00am on three Sundays and Parish Praise on the fourth Sunday, the second in the month)and really enjoy our rehearsals in readiness for The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols when we have a deputy organist, Ian, to accompany us on the organ as Stanley conducts us. There are other singers who also join us for this service and also if we are preparing for a special concert or fund raising event to give us an extended choir which can raise the numbers to 25+. Sometimes we join forces with Exminster Church Choir for either joint services every fifth Sunday of the month or for weddings if either of us are short of members to sing. When we do this we practice with Exminster on a Tuesday.

The hymns, at present, are chosen by a group of us including myself, Win (Church Warden and also a choir member), Ceri ( trainee reader) and Fiona (leader of the Junior Church). Usually they are chosen by the priest in charge of the services but at present we do not have one.

I am the choir secretary which involves arranging attendances at the RSCM events, our Christmas meal (usually held in a local restaurant in November before we all get too busy to enjoy it! This is paid for from the Choir Fund made up of fees paid for weddings and funerals), keeping track of the music used from week to week and keeping the index of music up to date. I also carry the cross.

Any of us who are interested also take part in the Choir Festival at Exeter Cathedral which comprises choirs from the Devon area. This is organised by the Royal School of Church Music who also arrange the music this and for both the Advent and Lent Services held at Buckfast Abbey. These are events which are both very enjoyable as well as instructive A great benefit can be gained by attending them but are not compulsory.

We are a very friendly group who love to sing. It is a pleasure to sing in our beautiful church. If you think you would like to join us or would like more information don’t hesitate to contact me (I promise you we do not bite!). All comers are welcome even if you do not think you are a good singer, I bet you are and we are always willing to help you.

For more information contact Wendy Brimicombe through our contacts page.

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