In Nomine: A Choir for all – no experience necessary!
In 2016 the RSCM formed a new choir. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for people who like singing but have no access to a choir. It was to meet during the week, not in the evening, not at weekends, that is, not as established choirs do. It was to cater for all comers. If there was a weakness in reading music, help would be given. Because it was difficult to find a name for this choir, it has been simply called “In Nomine”.
In Nomine began in September last year. Before the end of the year, members had sung an Advent Carol Service in St Andrew’s Church, Lutwyche, and added to the choir of St Paul’s Church, Ipswich, for their Christmas Carol Service. In 2017 the choir has bookings for the OBE Service in St Andrew’s, Lutwyche, and for the Investiture Service for the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem in the Albert Street Wesley Uniting Church. The choir is still quite small and new members are sought, especially for the Order of Saint John service which will include music for choir, organ, and brass instruments.
The choir rehearses from 12.00pm Wednesdays, in the Hall of Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, Fortitude Valley.
Parking is possible in the church grounds. Public transport options are as follows:
- By bus – use the West End/City/Teneriffe Glider, getting off at Light Street
- By train – Fortitude Valley Station (Brunswick Street) is an eight minute walk. Exit via the escalator into Wickham Street. All trains stop at Fortitude Valley.
Arrival time is between 12 noon and 12.30 pm during which half hour we set up chairs and music stands, distribute music and have lunch if you’re coming from work. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available. Rehearsal begins at 12.30 pm and finishes not later than 2.00 pm. Charles Clark, who was Director of Music and Organist at Holy Trinity Church for over 40 years, is your conductor.
Being a choir for all comers and no audition, the standard and difficulty of music will vary according to needs. It will be sacred music – the kind you would like to sing if your church had a choir. Midi files for your computer and CDs will be available for most of the music for private learning purposes.