The Parish Choir is a member of the St Nicolas Guild of RSCM-affiliated choirs. Comprising boys and men, the choir sings at the Sung Mass and Choral Evensong on Sundays from a large and varied repertoire, performing a mass or canticle setting and a motet or anthem at each service.
Members attend RSCM events and courses and participate in the RSCM Bronze and Silver and Bishops' Chorister Senior Award schemes. Many are holders of the prestigious Saint Nicolas Junior Award and the RSCM Gold Award.
Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings, and the choristers also practise at 9.00am on Sundays, prior to the Sung Mass. They sing at Mass or Evensong on 1st and 3rd Sundays, Evensong on 4th Sundays and Mass on 2nd and 5th Sundays.
The choir has sung services in 18 different cathedrals (including a Mass in Westminster Roman Catholic Cathedral) and has appeared on the BBC World Service and on BBC1, GMTV and ITV. Members have also taken part in the Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall and on BBC Songs of Praise. The choir has undertaken successful residential tours to Norwich Cathedral (2014), Sherborne Abbey (2016) and Salisbury Cathedral (2017).
The choir has made several recordings and also receives invitations to sing Evensong and for weddings in parish churches in the diocese. The choristers receive a free musical education through the operation of ‘Voice for Life’, the RSCM Chorister Training Scheme. New members from the age of seven are always welcome.
The Girls’ Choir was formed in 1994 currently practises on 1st and 3rd Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to sing Evensong on 2nd and 5th Sundays and Mass on 4th Sundays.
Some girls participate in the RSCM Bronze, Silver and Bishops' Chorister Senior Award schemes and RSCM courses. The choir has been awarded the RSCM Proficiency Certificate.
The choristers receive a free musical education through the operation of 'Voice for Life’, the RSCM Chorister Training Scheme. New members from the age of seven are always welcome.
The Becket Singers is an adult liturgical chamber choir that sings at services on Good Friday and selected feast days. It also undertakes occasional concert commitments. Membership is by audition and rehearsals, which are arranged to support singing commitments, are normally held before each service.
The choir appeared in two ITV programmes in October 1999.
Becket Consort of Voices
The Becket Consort of Voices is a small choir of students and postgraduates aged between 16 and 29, most of whom have progressed through the Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs. Some members reside at university so the choir’s commitments are mainly limited to university vacations.