We draw from a wealth of good sacred music and hymns throughout history, from Gregorian chant, through the classics to the contemporary. Some music is sung unaccompanied, often in 4-part harmony. The greater part of our music is accompanied and we are delighted to have the use of a two-manual pipe organ designed and built in 1960 by J.W. Walker and Sons.
Our weekly commitment is to the Sunday 11:00 Sung Mass where we lead the congregational parts. Normally this is in English though on the last Sunday of each month the Ordinary is sung in Latin. We also have four hymns and sing the occasional motet. These aim to reflect the theme of the Mass while striking a balance between congregational familiarity and extending the repertoire. We join with the Folk Choir to support the major celebrations like the Easter Triduum and the annual Carol Service, and are sometimes asked to provide music for weddings, baptisms and funerals.
The choir currently has a dozen regular members and rehearses every Thursdays at 19:30 in the Church. None of us is a professional musician and not all of us read music. However, we are always pleased to seek new members, so if you are interested in helping to expand the musical life of Holy Cross please come to the choir loft after Sunday 11:00 Mass.
If you are interested in joining us please speak with Father Paul or use the contact form.