Saffron Walden

Our Lady of Compassion




Music is an important part of the Liturgy in our church. We are always looking for new members to join the Traditional Choir, Folk Group and the more recently established Youth Choir.

Traditional Choir

The Traditional Choir leads the congregational singing at the 10.30 Mass on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th (and if required, 5th) Sunday of the month and major Feast Days. There is no music in August.

Currently, we are fortunate to have two organists in the parish to facilitate this choir. The hymns are sung in unison, though four-part singing is encouraged for some pieces, e.g. Taize.

For Christmas- and Easter-tide, a 'Celebration Choir' is formed. The choir's ranks are swelled by proficient parish singers who are unable to commit to singing seated with the choir on Sundays.

New members to the Traditional or Celebration Choir are always welcomed, especially male voices. Pro tempore, the choir is led by Stephanie Gill, who hopes that one day a real choir leader will move into the parish to enable the choir to sing formal pieces again.

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Folk Group

The Folk Group has been running for approximately 28 years and offers a style of music for the Mass which both complements and contrasts with the more traditional nature of the music sung at the other Masses. The group consists of a committed band of instrumentalists and singers, young and not so young, who lead the 10:30 Mass usually on the first Sunday of each month, as well as on specific special occasions. At the moment we have guitars, clarinets, flutes, a saxophone (and a violin player waiting to make her debut with us) and we are always ready to welcome new players.

We do not hold auditions or have regular practices but, in general, although some of the Mass acclamations are quite easy to play (grade 1 or 2), some of the hymns can be quite challenging, mainly because of the key signatures. A standard of at least grade 4 would be about the level required. But do not let that put you off - if you can't play a piece, you can definitely sing it! All voices are welcome. Joining the Folk Group is a wonderful way to be more involved with the Mass as well as an opportunity to enjoy making music together.

If you would like more information, then please contact Ann Clinton.

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Youth Choir

This is a new initiative for the Parish as we would like to encourage the younger members of the Congregation to take an active part in the celebration of the Mass.

Anyone of school age who enjoys singing is invited to come forward to help lead the congregational singing at the 10:30 Mass once a month, usually the 3rd Sunday of the month.

The choir will be accompanied by the organist and is presently being led by Stephanie Gill, with other Traditional Choir members helping with the singing as needed. Practices will be held only in the church, either before or after a 10:30 Mass as required and as announced.

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