Music at Boldre
Music plays an important part in worship at St. John’s.
Director of Music
Timothy Rice ARCO ALCM was appointed Director of Music in September 2015, bringing with him almost 40 years’ experience in Church Music. He gained his Associateship of the Royal College of Organists in 1989 and has been a parish church organist since the age of 13.
A robed, enthusiastic and capable 4-part choir sings at Sunday services, as well as at weddings, funerals and other occasions as required. At their disposal is an extensive music library containing a large selection of choral music, much of which is already within the choir’s repertoire. At occasional services throughout the year, we join forces with the choir from St. Mary's, singing together at either St. John's or St. Mary's, to make good music together.
Choir Practices are on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm for about an hour. We are actively seeking to add new members - ladies and men - to the existing choir; this will help us to broaden our horizons on to an even wider repertoire, so please contact us by email if you are interested.
The organ at St. John’s is a 3-manual electronic instrument, installed in 1989, replacing a pipe organ which was located in the bell tower below the bell chamber. It has a specification akin to that of a large parish church organ and the sound realistically reflects one of the country’s finest pipe organs, namely the fine Willis organ at Hereford Cathedral. It is well capable of supporting singing at all services, as well as having the ability to be an excellent recital instrument.