As the Musical Director of St. Augustine's Parish Choir, I heartily welcome you to the Choir section of the St. Augustine's website.
We are a four part (SATB) Choir with history since the 1950's of a broad repertoire embracing traditional church music: hymns, psalms, anthems and sacred choral pieces; we also sing secular music for occasional concerts. We pride ourselves on being the heart and soul of the parish, serving a wide community in and around High Wycombe and remain open to all singers, whether members of the regular congregation or otherwise.
Choir practice is on Thursday evenings; occasionally extra practice may be needed for special liturgical seasons or events.
Apart from the annual summer break in August, we sing at the 11am Mass every Sunday, following a 15-20 minute warm-up session. Services throughout the year include Advent and Christmas with a Carol Service and Midnight Mass. During Lent, the weekly service of Stations of the Cross is followed by Holy Week and Easter.
The Choir is very well supported and encouraged by our Parish Priest, Mgr. Paul Donovan, and by Deacon, Brin Dunsire.
We have represented the Parish in Music Festivals in Marlow, Maidenhead and Slough. We also entered the Sainsbury's Choir of the Year competition for the first few years and always did very well.
Each year we sing Christmas Carols in the local shopping centre raising money for Cancer Research UK or for other charities, for example Scannappeal. We look forward to taking part in other choral projects from time to time.
If you are interested in joining the choir, you would be very welcome, whether aged under 8 or over 80. Many youngsters have progressed to brilliant careers as Colleges look for students with non-academic interests in the community. You do not have to be able to read music as you will be helped and encouraged. Male singers might like to consider SAMVOX, our male voice choir, to sing for special events or concerts.
Make Music a Part of Your Life - Add Your Voice! I look forward to meeting you at a rehearsal in the near future.
Adam Balkwill, MA (Cantab), MA (RAM), LRAM (Piano)