Music and the Choir
The restoration of the church during 2016 provided the opportunity to reappraise and refurbish the Henry Willis III organ of 1926. This work was undertaken by Harrison & Harrison of Durham with the organ being returned to Holy Trinity during the summer of 2017. Two stops have been added – a Fifteenth to the Swell organ, and a Gemshorn to the Choir organ – and these have made excellent if subtle additions to the tonal range of the instrument. At the same time, provision has been made at the console for the future addition of a Tromba/Trombone rank to the Great and Pedal organs, and a Principal/Fifteenth rank to the Pedal and we hope to add these when funds become available. The console is mounted on a moveable plinth for the greatest flexibility.
The church has a long tradition of choral activity and we have a full SATB choir of 20 voices at the present time. Anthems are sung at most services, evensong takes place once a month, and amongst other special services are the traditional Advent Carol Service and the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols held each year. There is also a Holy Trinity Music Group which accompanies our worship on the second Sunday of the month.
In October 2017, Martin Cooke became Director of Music at Holy Trinity. A former chorister of St Paul’s Cathedral, Martin has had a long career in education, serving finally as a headmaster for 22 years. Under Martin’s direction we are looking forward to ‘growing’ our music and we very much hope that anyone who would be interested in joining either the music group or the choir will contact Martin – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The restored Holy Trinity as it now stands makes a most beautiful venue for concerts and other music-