…with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.
Music is vitally important to worship, refreshing it in ways that words alone cannot do, and helping to enable Worship that renews and inspires.
Those who sing, pray twice
At Holy Trinity, we use music in varied ways to enable all present to take part: fully, consciously and actively.
Some of the music is unaccompanied, allowing the natural beauty of the human voice to be heard.
Some is led by the organ or by other instruments (especially on the Third Sunday of each month, when the Music Group leads the singing).
Our main hymn book is Common Praise, with Sing Praise, Common Ground and other modern publications providing important input.
At Holy Trinity, we have
- a congregation who love to sing and are responsive to new texts and tunes, often unaccompanied
- a music group (4 – 6 in number, aged 10 to 50s) leading the music for all-age worship and other special occasions, featuring strings, flute, guitar, piano and occasional light percussion
- a dedicated, small choir (8 – 14 in number, aged 19 to 60s) singing musically, mainly in unison, although with some harmony parts, using RSCM’s Voice for Life choir-training programme
- a very experienced Director of Music (pastoral musician, organist and choir director), in post since April 2012
- versatile and adaptable for different types and styles of worship
- used as local RSCM centre for workshops, training and other musical events
- used for concerts and recitals
We currently use the following keyboard instruments in the church:
- large pipe organ with a good range of sounds suitable for leading, accompanying and performance pieces (in need of work – and funds!)
- grand piano in south transept, on loan from Director of Music
- grand piano in the choir vestry, gifted by previous Organist
Musical resources are drawn from a range of publications as well as various contemporary worship songs and chant psalm settings by the Director of Music.
Holy Trinity Church is affiliated to the RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) and uses its training program Voice for Life to enable its singers to enhance their musical and liturgical skills.
Over the last few years the church has become a training centre for RSCM Scotland, with events for young people, music-reading skills and singing award exams.
- Alistair Warwick Director of Music
- Sarah and Alistair Shaw Music Group co-leaders
- Malcolm Allan organist for Friday morning Eucharist and other occasions
The church currently has two grand pianos and a fine three-manual pipe organ, rebuilt in 1981.
Two photos of the choir in the 1930s
The choir on Sunday 21 August 2011
back row: Chris Shields, Bill Munro, Jan Foster, Rachel Campbell, Mary Kenyon and Ann Lees
front row: David Page, Canon Dr Alison Peden (Rector) and Piers Jones (organist)
Two pictures of the choir, directed by David Page, on 4th December 2011