Founded about one hundred and fifty years ago as an all male choir,adult women were admitted in the 1960′s and girls in the late 1980′s.The musical establishment at St. Margaret’s reflects what would, untilthe 1960′s, have been the norm for town centre parish churches up and down the country i.e. a large(ish) choir, led by a professional organist and choirmaster assisted by an amateur organist.
The choir helps to lead worship at the 11.00am and 6.30pm services each Sunday.
In addition the choir has the usual “specials” such as the Annual Carol Service. The children of the Choir and a few adults also sing at some weddings.
The choir is affiliated to, and actively involved in the work of, the Royal School of Church Music. Choristers from St. Margaret’s have in the past gained a great deal of experience singing regularly in Cathedrals all over the south and east of England as part of various RSCM choirs and some members have attended residential courses at Ely, Canterbury, Hereford and Brecon Cathedrals and Westminster Abbey.
The Choir is, perhaps, unique amongst our church organisations in that it encompasses, as full members, those of all ages from within the church family. For the choir, children are not merely a group that needs to be accommodated but a vital part of its membership without whom there is little or no future. The most junior probationer is just as much part of the choir as our longest serving adult member.
Adult - Friday 7.15pm - 8:00pm
Junior (8+) - Friday 6.30pm - 7:30pm