Music at Holy Trinity

Music has an important role in the life of Holy Trinity. The main Sunday Morning Sung Eucharist is led by our Choir consisting of adults and children. They practice every Friday evening at 6:30pm in Bosham Church.

Find out more about the musical groups and activities below.

The Choir

The Church choir leads the music every Sunday at the 9:30 Sung Eucharist.  The adult voices provide strong support for the music and the choir rehearse every Friday at 6:30pm.

The choir sing at many other services throughout the year and is available by prior arrangement through the Choir Director Ben Lathbury on 07919 098869 or email at ben@chichester-piano.co.uk. Ben is an accomplished pianist, conductor and teacher and his website can be found here.

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The Handbells

 In the late 1990’s we acquired a very old set of Whitechapel Foundary cast handbells.

These have been refurbished and they are played regularly in the church and elsewhere. We are affiliated to the national association (Handbell Ringers of Great Britain) and join them in workshops and massed ringing from time to time.

We play a wide variety of music from Bach to Beethoven, Handel to Haydn and Andrew Lloyd-Webber to Glenn Miller.

We rehearse every Thursday at 7:00pm in church. Visitors always welcome and any musicians wanting to ‘have-a-go’ can get in touch via our website at www.boshamhandbells.com or by contacting our director John Beck on 01243 572829.

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The Organ

No record of the choral part of the services in the time of the 12th century College of Canons has come down to us but those were the days of unaccompanied singing.

In churches where neither band nor barrel-organ was available the singing was rendered without any accompaniment, the key-note of the tune being given out on a pitch-pipe by, the Parish Clerk. These pipes were made of wood, about eighteen of nineteen inches in length, and in section about one and a half inches square. The month-piece, at one end, was similar to that of an ordinary tin-whistle, while at the other end was a wooden plug on which the notes of the scale were marked. The plug, was pulled out to the indication mark of the required note, the pipe was then blown, and the members of the choir took their own particular note by singing the word ‘Praise! or ‘Praise ye the Lord’! When all had obtained their proper notes the leader gave a signal and off they started on what must have often been an uncertain musical venture.

After the pitch pipe came the band of six or eight instruments, which performed behind the choir in the gallery at the west end of the nave, over the tower arch. This band consisted of flute, clarionet (sic), bassoon- 2 violins and bass-viol. When the gallery was removed in 1840, the choir and band assembled on the flat roof of the Crypt.

In due course a one-manual 5 stop pipe organ by Holdich was installed, and the choir and organ moved to the Chancel. From church records, it appears that there was also a harmonium available during this period. The Holdich organ was rebuilt and extended to a two manual instrument, with fourteen stops and pneumatic action, by Bishop & Son in 1908, at a cost of £270.00, with the opening to the sacristy being made at the same time. The electric blower apparatus and humidifier were attached later.

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