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Church Music

Choir

Rothley Church has an excellent SATB choir that leads the worship in church for Sunday Morning and Evening services throughout the year. The choir is not restricted to traditional hymns & anthems and introduces new worship songs to the congregation on a regular basis.

Choir Practice takes place every Friday evening throughout the year with only a small number of exceptions. The Junior Choir meet at 7.00pm and finish at 7.45pm.

They are joined by the Adult Choir who arrive to start at 7.30pm which provides the opportunity of a fifteen minute ‘overlap’ where they can sing together as a full choir. The Adult Choir then continues practising until around 8.30pm.

We are always keen to recruit new choristers to our ranks. If you are interested, please contact our Organist and Choir Trainer, Simon Murphy.

The organ is the church’s main instrument and is used within the majority of our services. It was originally installed in 1929 in dedication to the memory of the men of Rothley who died in the Great War (1914-1918). It was built by Hill, Norman and Beard and has two manuals with twenty-two stops which enable a broad range of sounds to be produced. This wonderful pipe organ was fully refurbished in 2005.

We have a Grand Piano near the Memorial Chapel which is used often within our worship as well as an Upright Piano in the Chancel, used for services and choir practices.

The musical resources within the church enables a wide-range of music to be provided for our regular and varied worship styles. Typically, the traditional mix of organ and choir are used for the more formal services that take place through the church’s year.

Orchestra

The church orchestra meets at 9.50am on the first Sunday of most months, to practise the accompaniment to the hymns at the 10.30am service that day. It also plays at the Christingle service on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.

The minimum standard required to be able to play the songs on so little rehearsal is Assoc. Board Grade 3, but music is usually available a few days before for private practice, if required.

When everyone is available, (currently 10 players), it consists of a mixture of Brass, Woodwind and String players, and always welcomes new players of all ages from 9 to 90!

To discuss playing, please contact Wendy Philpott.

The Bell Ringers

Bellringing at Rothley is an interesting and sociable hobby, suitable for all ages from 10 years upwards.   We practise every Thursday evening from 7:30pm until 9:00pm, and also ring for the main Sunday morning service each week. 

Bell-ringing is a very social activity, and has been described as a fantastic team sport.  Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t require great strength or musical ability, just a certain amount of patience, some commitment to come along regularly, and the ability to work together as part of a team.  Bell-ringers come in all shapes, sizes, genders, ages and religions, so as long as you are relatively fit and mobile, and able to climb a spiral staircase, it could be for you!  For many people, once they have learned to ring, it gives a lifetime of enjoyment.

The type of bell-ringing practised in Britain is virtually unique in the world.  Since around the 16th century, our bells have been hung on a wooden wheel, which allows for great accuracy and precision of timing, and led to the birth of “change-ringing”.  This system wasn’t adopted in the rest of the world (where the majority of bells are simply struck with hammers, or swung through part of a circle in a fairly random fashion), and today there are still only a scattering of change-ringing towers abroad, mainly in commonwealth nations.

Unfortunately, in today’s world, more and more people find it hard to commit to the time needed to learn a new skill, and the art of bell-ringing is becoming more and more unusual.  Many towers have become silent over recent years, and this trend looks set to continue.  In a few decades’ time, it may be that ringing is only practised in some parts of the country, fading in a similar way to many other old English folk traditions.  At Rothley, we’re very lucky to have a vibrant and engaged band of ringers, despite mostly being fairly new to the discipline.  We’d always love to have more joining us!

If you think you would be interested in having a go at ringing, or would like to know more about it, then please come along to one of our practices on Thursday evenings.  We’d also love to hear from you if you are someone who learned to ring years ago, and might like to pick it up again now.

The Hand Bell Ringers

Our hand bell ringers group meets to practice on Tuesdays at 7.30pm in church. No prior musical training is required, and we have a lot of fun! We go to rallies in the area and have played at carol services and other events.

For more information, please contact Ruth Gilmore.