St Alban's Church

Churchill Parken 11, Langelinie, DK 1263, Copenhagen, Denmark | Map

 


Today is: Thursday 25th, 2019

CHOIR

The St Alban's Church choir is a group of singers from a wide range of musical and cultural backgrounds who come together to help lead the congregation in worship. It is run in the tradition of a typical Anglican parish church, where the choir is formed from ordinary members of the congregation who give their time voluntarily. The choir has a mix of musical abilities, ranging from experienced sight-readers through to those who learn by ear, and from strong individual singers to those who just enjoy singing with others. Numbers vary from week to week but the full strength choir is about 16 singers; sopranos, altos, basses and an occassional tenor. As well as helping to lead the congregation in hymns and psalms they sing an anthem during communion each week and lead the singing at special services such as weddings and funerals as required. A highlight each year is the service of Lessons and Carols held just before Christmas.

The first regular choir in St Alban's was set up in 1884 at the suggestion of the Reverend Charles Moore, consisting of surpliced men and boys under the Danish organist Sophus Wiig. Most of the choir were in fact Danish and therefore singing in a foreign language. The choir grew in numbers and reputation over the next half century under five different organists. In the 1930s the boys (of whom there were about 20) received an annual renumeration of around DKr 40, while the men were unpaid. There was also a "special choir" of ladies, who joined in for special occassions. During the late 1940s there was much unrest, with complaints over the strictness of the choir masters, burglaries in the crypt, and vandalism blamed on the choir boys. This led to 11 choir members demanding changes from the chairman of the church committee or they would "refuse to sing"! The surpliced choir was effectively disbanded in the early 1950s and it has consisted of volunteers ever since. The choir was one of the first to join the English School of Church Music and has been an affiliated choir of the Royal School of Church Music since it was founded. The vestry prayer of the RSCM is used each Sunday before worship:

"Bless, O Lord, us thy servants who minister in thy temple. Grant that what we sing with our lips we may believe in our hearts, and what we believe in our hearts we may shew forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen."

We are always keen to hear from those who are interested in joining the choir and the only requirement is that you enjoy singing. There is a short practice before the service each Sunday and a practice after the service once a month to look at the upcoming anthems. One of our members very helpfully puts files online where you can listen to your part and learn it by ear if you don't read music. Please contact our Co-ordinator of Music Ministry (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) if you would like more information.