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One of the most common compliments visitors make is about the high quality of music at Emmanuel. Whilst numbering about 12 regular members, Emmanuel Choir often has the depth and richness of a 30-strong ensemble, literally “making a joyful noise unto the Lord”. Our choir is extremely versatile and dedicated.
The singers, led by the very capable Shauna Beesley, herself a professional singer, organist and composer, are an integral part of every 10:30 Sunday worship service. Our repertoire is diverse, with music from many cultures and traditions reflecting our multicultural congregation. We sing everything from traditional church and classical repertory, to contemporary Christian worship and praise music. We also explore African music, music from Iona and spirituals. Many pieces have been written for the choir by Shauna herself. A recent publication, entitled “Music at Emmanuel”, features choral anthems, hymns and organ solos written by Shauna, Andrew Close - who conducts and sings bass in the choir – and former chorister Alan Wittrup.
Emmanuel choir uses its talents to promote and fundraise for the Outreach and Inreach programmes of the church. We also sing in neighboring cantons for Christmas services and charity events. The choir is also at the fore-front of the church’s response when fund raising for natural and man-made catastrophes such as the Tsunami in 2003, the earthquake in Haiti, the conflict in Darfur and the current refugee crisis.
While singing during worship is a priority for choir members, many also participate in other church activities, such as the Vestry, Communion Service and Outreach. The choir of Emmanuel is an accomplished, warm and committed group. We are always pleased to welcome new members. You do need some music reading skills, but help is there to learn scores if you need it. Your presence and your voice are the most important things. If you are interested in coming to join us please contact the music director Shauna Beesley.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell all of His wondrous work!