A New Director of Music
Sadly David Todd is to leave us at the end of August. His work in the Parish has been very much appreciated and he is widely respected. We are looking to recruit a new Director of Music and information about the recruitment process, the job description and person specification are available to download below. The post is offered initially for a fixed period of two years although there will be an opportunity to discuss a contract extension after the performance review at the end of one year. The salary will be £7,600 but there are fees for playing at weddings and funerals as well. To find out more, please contact David Ranger, Vice-Chair of the PCC, by
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With 25 members (new members always welcome) the Parish Adult Choir enjoys good coverage across all voices and sings to a high standard – often ably supported by the Parish Junior Choir.
The choir divides to sing Sunday morning Eucharists at both churches (in St Thomas and Lincoln settings). A small choir for sopranos, altos, tenors and basses sings Choral Evensong on Sunday evenings. In addition, the whole choir joins with that of St Mary’s, Woodford, to sing a range of Evensong settings in both parishes on a rotational basis over the year. We also join the choir of St Gabriel’s, Aldersbrook to sing at various services in both parishes.
Outside the Parish
The choir members also sing in a number of London secular choirs, including Bart’s Choral Society, East London Chorus and Hackney Singers.
Recent and upcoming highlights
The full choir sings more complex works to a high standard for special occasions throughout the Church year. A wide repertoire is supported by an extensive and well catalogued Parish music library.
- Andrew Wright’s A Requiem of Peace (with composer in attendance)
- Handel’s Stabat Mater
- Evensong at Southwark Cathedral
- Faure’s Requiem
- Summer Tour to Turku, Finland, for the Nordklang Festival – August 2016
New members are always welcome
Choir practice takes place on Friday evenings, usually at Christ Church (junior choir 6.45 – 7.45, adults 7.45 – 9.00). The choir is a social group and we often go out together after practice or performance. After all, it’s important to keep the throat lubricated.
Interested in joining us? New members are always welcome.
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In 2008 and with the assistance of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the Parish bought and restored an historic three manual and pedal organ. It was originally built in 1878 by William Hill for St. Mary Magdalene, Manningham, Bradford.
Thomas Trotter performed the inaugural recital to mark its installation in Christ Church in September 2008.
St. Mary’s has a two manual instrument, rebuilt and enlarged in 1974 from a fully enclosed exhibition instrument by Hill. It speaks particularly well in the acoustics of this fine Georgian building.
Concerts and recitals
Both churches host regular concerts and recitals by various ensembles, while musical performances also take place in Christ Church during the annual Wanstead Festival.
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Meet David, our Director of Music
David Todd joined us as Director of Music in September 2013. After graduating from Oxford University, David trained in Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. He also holds the Associate of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO) diploma and the DipABRSM diploma for piano.
Other roles include Conductor of Morley College Chamber Choir and Director of Music of Billericay Choral Society.
Conductor at the Rugby World Cup
You may also have seen David conducting national anthems at the Rugby World Cup 2015!
David’s work is also taking him abroad. He holds the post of Guest Conductor of the choir of Turku Cathedral, Finland. And he has also worked for the Swiss-Italian Conservatoire in Switzerland and as Associate Repetiteur for the Lyric Opera Studio in Weimar, Germany.
In 2015 David launched ‘The Artschoir’, a new choir exploring links between music and art through performances, commissions and collaborations.
Click here to visit David’s website