Music in Church

Hymns are chosen several months in advance by a panel of three: Canon Michael, David Walker and Marion Kee as the congregation’s representative. We aim to tie each week’s hymns thematically with the Bible readings in the Church of England lectionary. We try to reflect both traditional and modern hymnody. Suggestions of hymns for future inclusion would be welcomed by Marion.

A “scratch” choir sings at Christmas and Easter services, following two or three evening rehearsals. There are no auditions but an ability to sing in tune is helpful. Tenors and basses are in especially short supply. 
Co-ordinator: Liz Rymer

Church organistOrgans
Of the parish’s three church organs, the oldest (1863) is the small but characterful instrument at Nympsfield. The more versatile, two-manual Uley organ, from the same manufacturer. W.G. Vowles of Bristol, dates from 1870. The instrument at Owlpen has a mellow timbre and decorated pipework (Jardine & Co, Manchester, 1890). For details of these organs see the National Pipe Organ Register .

Church Organist
David Walker is our organist, ably deputised by Pauline Thomas.  As with many organists in village churches, his  musical qualifications are as an amateur pianist. He says, "typically, we all tend to begin as'reluctant' organists but become less so!"

Useful Link:
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Committed to achieving the best use of good music in worship.