Richmond choir raises roof at Ripon

The choir from St Mary’s Church in Richmond raised the roof singing at a special service at Ripon Cathedral.

The 25-strong group was invited by the cathedral to sing at a service of choral evensong on 30th August whilst their choir was away – an event that was well supported by members of the church congregation, others from the town and the Fellmongers.

In the service the choir sang music by Yorkshireman George Dyson, William Smith of Durham and Vaughan Williams, all accompanied by Andrew Christer on the cathedral organ.

Recently the choir has gone from strength to strength and has sung at events in the town hall, on BFBS radio in addition to the regular services in the church.

Choir members will also be taking part in a special choral festival at Durham Vathedral in October.

One of the choristers, Teddy, aged 9, said: “It was an honour to be given the opportunity to sing our beautiful music in Ripon Cathedral.

“I’m so lucky to be part of an amazing choir’

Chris Denton, director of music at the church was delighted with the choir’s performance.

He said: “Singing in such a large building can be daunting but the singers were so professional and so committed to their performance that it was a real treat conduct them.

“I am extremely proud of them all.”

The cathedral authorities were so impressed that they immediately invited St Mary’s choir back to sing on another day.

St Mary’s Church’s annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Christmas, which the choir leads, will take place on Sunday, December 16 at 6.30pm.

Choir membership is free and anyone interested in joining should contact Chris Denton via the church’s website

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  1. A wonderful privilege to sing in a church choir and great musical training. There is fun as well!

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