We are unusual in Foveran Parish Church to have a choir which sits at the back of the church, and a praise band at the front, leading the congregation’s singing from both ends of the sanctuary. The photograph here is of some of the choir and the praise band at a rehearsal in July 2012.
In the choir we have sopranos, contraltos and basses, who like nothing more than practising and perfecting praise items in harmony. That doesn’t just mean that we get on well together – which we do – but that the three parts sing different notes which blend together to give depth to the music.
Quite often the hymns we sing on Sundays are in unison, but there are many gems of 4-part hymns, and we are building up a repertoire of these which we hope to share with the congregation. We are pleased to be given opportunities to sing anthems, and to present special musical services during the church year. From time to time we sing for the residents at Balmedie Eventide Home, and would be happy to have an excuse to learn and perform songs at other locations too.
Choir practices, led by Christine Fordyce, are on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 pm, in the church. Singing is fun, it keeps us mentally alert, and we are always learning. Although most of us read music, this is not an essential for choristers. More important is the ability to listen, and to tune in to the music. We would welcome new choir members – especially men!
Contact Christine Fordyce (01358 789236) or Frances Morrison (01358 789770) for more information.