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The Music of St Bertoline's

 

St Bertoline's is very proud of its music and its choir. The Director of Music, Gill Thorley, and her Deputy, Beryl Fox, lead our excellent choir to produce some outstanding hymns and anthems.

The Congregation appreciate the organ and choral music and their comments and requests are always welcome.

Due to retirement, an accomplished organist is sought for this friendly, well- attended village church. The organ is a two-manual draw stop Westmorland by Makin, installed in 2005. We have a well-established choral tradition with an RSCM affiliated SATB robed choir. Practices Tuesday evening led by Director of Music. Organist’s duties include Sunday morning services ( Sung Eucharist CW and BCP, and Mattins BCP ) and special occasions. Remuneration within RSCM guidelines. Additional fees average £2,000 p.a. Please contact Canon Darrel C.Speedy, Barthomley Rectory, Barthomley, CREWE CW2 5PE. Tel. 01270 877112 darrell@speedy735.orangehome.co.uk St Bertoline’s, Barthomley, Nr. Crewe

Organist Required

The Organ

The organ is a digital electronic instrument manufactured by Makin, which was installed in 2005, replacing the old pipe organ. It is the Westmorland 27 model with 2 manuals (keyboards) and pedals, with 27 stops and the usual couplers. There are manual and general thumb pistons to help with the registration changes.

The tone is produced by sampling the sound of real organ pipes and storing them in memory digitally, then they are reproduced electronically through the speakers.

The sound is remarkably true to pipe organ intonation and is musically very satisfying.

For Sunday Services , typically, there will be solo organ music for about 20 minutes before the service, with a short concluding piece at the end of the service.

For other services such as weddings, funerals etc, choice of music can be made from the organ repertoire or transcriptions of other instrumental pieces depending on personal preferences.

The Choir

St Bertolines has a highly successful church choir affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music. The choir regularly performs a range of 4-part church music but is seeking to consolidate it's high standards and expand to include 6-part singing.


Young people are encouraged to come along and try out for the choir. Also particularly welcome would be tenors and basses with a basic ability to read music. Young or old or anywhere in between, age is no barrier!

The choir meets on Tuesday evenings at 7pm at the church. Members are committed and enthusiastic and enjoy an active social life. If you would like to know more please contact the Director of Music on 01270 878293.