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Finedon Festival Chorus

This has been established to sing for Festal Evensongs at St Mary's.  Members consist of the choir of St Mary the Virgin, Finedon plus visiting singers from local choirs and the local area. The conductor is Robert Page and organist Jonathan Harris. Please get in touch if you are interested in coming to sing by emailing us.

2019 events: 

Saturday 21 December - Come And Sing Messiah (part one) with carols at St Mary's, Finedon

Come and join us at St Mary’s, Finedon on Saturday 21st December, 2.30pm rehearsal followed by a 4.30pm performance of Handel’s Messiah (part one) along with three traditional Christmas carols. We have excellent professional soloists coming: soprano - Lauren Hollis, alto - Joanna Arnold, tenor - James Hutchings, and bass - Benjamin Ellis, accompanied again this year by a string ensemble led by Michael Needle, with Ivan Linford on continuo. I will be conducting. 

There is no cost involved; donations at the door welcome. We expect to finish at 5.40pm.

If you would like to sing just let me know that you’ll be coming and remind me which voice part you sing! We are using the Prout edition of Messiah; if you have your own copy, please bring it along but, if not, we will have plenty of copies at church that you can borrow.

Dress code this year is a relaxed 'fairly smart'. The heating will be on!

I hope you can join us.

Sunday 15th September - Festal Evensong as part of the church Flower Festival

Any visiting singers are welcome to join our enhanced choir to sing choral evensong on Sunday 15th September at St Mary's, Finedon. We rehearse on the day at 4.30pm before the 6pm service. Dress is choir robes, dark suits or all black. You're welcome to attend any of our Friday 7pm choir practices too.

Copies of the music are available from church or by email. The music includes Parry's Blest Pair Of Sirens, O Sing Unto The Lord by Chris Hutchings (a friend of the choir), Stanford's Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in C and the responses by Ayleward.

Further details from Jonathan or any member of the choir; just let someone know you are coming so we have copies of the music ready for you.

Sunday 2 June - Come and Sing Choral Evensong for RSCM Sunday

Visiting singers are welcome and invited to join us for a Come and Sing Evensong. 4.30pm rehearsal with music including MacMillan's O Radiant Dawn, Gorecki's Totus Tuus, Responses and Canticles by Tallis. Donations split 50/50 between RSCM and the church. Please let us know in advance if you are able to come and sing.


A Service of Readings, Music and Contemplation on Good Friday

Visiting singers are welcome to sing at St Mary's, Finedon, on Good Friday

Friday 19th April: 12.30pm rehearsal, 2pm service.

The music includes:

Allegri's Miserere

Durufle's Ubi Caritas

Behold the Lamb of God from Handel's Messiah

Kyrie Eleison from Schubert's Mass in G

Agnus Dei from Darke in F

Crux Fidelis by Chris Hutchings 

Please let us know if you are available to sing at this service. We will have hard copies of all the music at church on the day but I can email you some of the music in advance if you like.

Dress for visiting singers is all black or dark suits, or cassocks.

2018 events:

Saturday 22nd December - Come & Sing Messiah Part One with Carols

2.30pm Full Choir Rehearsal

4.30pm Performance

Visiting singers are welcome to join us for this occasion. No cost. We will use the Prout edition of Messiah - we have plenty of spare copies if you need one. 

The soloists are mostly the same as last year including Ben Ellis (bass), Stephen George (tenor) and Joanna Arnold (alto), with a string ensemble made up mostly of music college students led by Michael Needle. Dress is all black or dark suits. 


Flower Festival Festal Evensong on Sunday 16th September - 4.30pm rehearsal followed by 6pm Festal Evensong.

Introit: Brucker's Locus Iste 

Responses: Byrd (incl. Lord’s Prayer by Stone)

Psalm 23 (Hylton Stewart)

Office Hymn: 258 Lord of beauty, thine the splendour (Tune Regent Square)

Canticles: Dyson in D

Anthem: Parry I Was Glad

Final Hymn: All people that on earth do dwell (arr. Vaughan Williams)

Organ Voluntary: Cecilia McDowall Sounding Heaven And Earth


Good Friday (30th March) A Service of Readings, Music & Contemplation. 12.30pm rehearsal; 2pm service. Music includes

2017 events: 

Saturday 23rd December: Come & Sing Messiah Part One with Carols 2.30pm rehearsal; 4.30pm performance. Accompanied by a string ensemble. Soloists Lauren Hollis, Joanna Arnold, Stephen George, Ben Ellis.

Sunday 17th September 2017 Flower Festival Festal Evensong - 4.30pm rehearsal; 6pm Festal Evensong. Purcell in G; Javier Busto Ave Maria; Handel Let thy hand be strengthened.

RSCM Sunday - 18th June - Come and Sing Messiah Part 3 and Gorecki's Totus Tuus; 4:15pm rehearsal; 6pm informal performance; soloists Colleen Nicholl and Benjamin Ellis

Good Friday - 14th April 2017 - A Service of Music, Readings and Contemplation

The music included: 

Miserere mei, Deus – Allegri; Now is the healing time decreed (NEH 59) (Ecce tempus idoneum); Nine-fold Kyrie – Harold Darke; Ubi caritas – Paul Mealor; O Sacred head, sore wounded (119); Psalm 22 v.1-18; Benedictus – Philip Moore; Agnus Dei  – Harold Darke; Sing my tongue the glorious battle (121); Sounding Heaven and Earth - Cecilia McDowall.

2016 events:

Saturday 17th December at 7.30pm - Come and Sing Messiah Part One with Carols 5pm rehearsal followed by refreshments. 

Sunday 18th September at 6pm - Flower Festival Choral Evensong 

Introit: S.S.Wesley Ascribe unto the Lord; Responses: Tallis; Psalm 129 (Chant: Walmisley); Office Hymn: Christ has risen, the might Lion (Music: Robert Page); Magnificat - Tallis; Nunc Dimittis - Dyson in D; Anthem: Parry Blest Pair of Sirens; Final Hymn: 162 Ye choirs of new Jerusalem.

Good Friday - 25 March at 2pm - A Service of Music, Readings and Contemplation

Visiting singers are welcome to join us to sing at this service. The music will include Allegri's Miserere, Durufle's Ubi Caritas and Byrd's Kyrie and Agnus Dei from Mass for 3 Voices.

Sunday 12th June at 6pm - Festal Evensong to celebrate the Queen's 90th Birthday celebrations (our RSCM Music Sunday event).

The music will be: Introit - Handel's Zadok the Priest, Responses - Smith, Psalm 150 (Stanford), Canticles - Stanford in Bb, Anthem - Parry's I was glad (with vivats), Hymns - National Anthem and All people that on earth do dwell (arr. Vaughan Williams). Organ Voluntary - J.S.Bach Toccata and fugue in d minor BWV565.

2015 events:

Sunday 20th September at 6pm - Festal Evensong as part of the church Flower Festival weekend (rehearsal at 4.30pm)

Introit: James Kent Thine, O Lord, is the greatness (James Kent was the first organist of Finedon, 1717 onwards); Responses: Ayleward; Psalm 119 v137-144 (from Parish Psalter with Chants); Hymn 371 All praise to our redeeming Lord (Music by William Jones – curate of Finedon in the 1750s); Canticles: Daniel Purcell in E minor; Anthem: Handel Let the hand be strengthened (one of the Coronation Anthems); Hymn 537 O God, our help in ages past (Music by William Croft who gave the opening organ recital in Finedon in 1717), enveloped by J.S.Bach's Prelude and fugue in Eb major (St Anne) BWV 552 as the organ voluntary before and after the service.

Sunday 7th June at 6pm - Come & Sing Choral Evensong to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta (RSCM Music Sunday event). Rehearsal at 4pm. Service led by Revd Richard Coles on the theme of social justice. Donations at the service will be split 50/50 between church funds and RSCM. Visiting singers welcome. Music list: Introit: Give me justice – James Macmillan; Responses – Ayleward; Psalm 119 v33-40 (from Parish Psalter); Hymn 427 – For the healing of the nations; Canticles: Brewer in D; Anthem: Os Justi – Bruckner; Hymn 447 – God of freedom, God of justice.

Friday 3rd April at 2pm - A Service of Readings, Music and Contemplation for Good Friday. Music included Victoria's The Reproaches, Durufle's Ubi Caritas and Philip Moore's Benedictus, concluding with the organ solo Sounding Heaven and Earth by Cecilia McDowall.

2014 events:

Sunday 14th September at 6pm - Festal Evensong as part of the church Flower Festival weekend (Rehearsal at 4.30pm). Plus rehearsals on the preceding Fridays from 7pm.  Music: Introit - Tavener The Lamb, Responses - Smith, Psalm 23 (C.H.Stewart), Office Hymn - O Praise Ye the Lord (Parry), Canticles - Walmisley in d minor, Anthem - Parry I was glad, Final Hymn - All People that on Earth do Dwell (John Reading including organ interludes).

Sunday 6th July at 6pm - Come & Sing Choral Evensong accompanied by a consort of viols (an RSCM Sunday event). Music includes Gibbons' This is the record of John, Purcell's Rejoice in the Lord alway and his Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in G minor.

Friday 18th April at 2pm - a Good Friday service of readings, music and contemplation. Music to include Allegri's Miserere, Handel's Worthy is the Lamb & He was despised from Messiah, Elgar's Ave Verum Corpus, movements from Schubert's Mass in G and Farrant's Lord, for thy tender mercies sake.


2013 events:

Good Friday at 2pm - Stainer's Crucifixion

RSCM Sunday - 23rd June at 6pm 'Come and Sing Choral Evensong' (Rehearsal at 4pm) Music included: Introit: Wood - Hail Gladdening Light, Responses: Smith (4 part), Psalm 150 (Stanford), Canticles: Brewer in D, Anthem: Handel - Zadok the Priest.

Flower Festival - Festal Evensong - Sunday 15th September at 6pm (Rehearsal at 4.30pm). Plus rehearsals on the preceding Fridays from 7pm. Music included Parry's Blest Pair of Sirens, Dyson in C and James Macmillan's O Radiant Dawn. 46 singers were in the choir for this occasion.

2012 events:

Sunday 16th September 2012 at 6pm - Flower Festival Evensong

Music included: Anthems: Handel - Halleluiah Chorus & Gorecki - Totus Tuus; Canticles - Stanford in Bb; Introit - Robert Page All men are like grass (premiere- commissioned for this service); Responses - Tallis; Psalm 61 Hear my cry, O God (Jonathan Harris).

Sunday 29th July 2012  - Northamptonshire County Council Civic Service. Music included Handel's Halleluiah Chorus and Bach's Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV565 (organ solo).

Sunday 3rd June 2012 - Festal Evensong to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Music included: Anthem - Parry I was glad; Canticles - Stanford in Bb; Responses - Smith; Psalm - 150 (Stanford); Introit - Javier Busto Ave Maria.

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