Bellringers Trip to Stratford upon Avon area

On a warm sunny day in early October, we set out for our annual trip, organised by Maurice. We had cars and a minibus, so 20+ringers set off for our first tower at Sherbourne. This was followed by a short trip to Barford, where the tea and cake did lure some people away from the ringing!

Our last tower of the morning was at Wellesbourne, followed by lunch in the Kings Head.

Finally, the last leg of the outing took us to Stratford upon Avon, where has time to wander around the quaint town before our final ring of the day.

A great day out and we have a collection of photos to remind us of a wonderful trip. For a detailed report from our news hound Jim, please click here.

Our merry band of ringers
Our first tower, Sherbourne
Our band on their first ring of the day
Max is sure the bells are up..
Our second tower, Barford
Ringing at Barford
Ringing at Barford
A view of the ringing at Barford from the church
Isobel finds her own "light" bell
9-barford tea and cake
A lovely painting of Wellesbourne church, our third tower of the day
View of Wellesbourne church
Ringing at Wellesbourne
Lunch at the Kings Head, Wellesbourne
9e-ringers minibus
We need to watch our striking!
Our final tower at Stratford upon Avon
Ringing at Stratford upon Avon - it was quite a grand ringing room
Our merry band of ringers
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Come and Sing Stainer's 'The Crucifixion'

Application forms are available in Church or can be downloaded from here for this very popular Passiontide Oratorio which takes place on Passion Sunday, April 10th.
Rehearsal starts at 4.00p.m. with the service at 6.30p.m. If you won't be singing with the massed Choir then please support those who are by coming along to the service - there are 5 Congregational hymns!
Please see the video below to hear a rendition. It may take a few moments to load as we are linking to a YouTube video.

The Choir

Please browse our list of current and past music for the Sunday services.

Melbourne Parish Church Choir is conducted by the church's Director of Music, Simon Collins, and is a dedicated group of 18 people. It has a busy schedule deputising several times per year in Cathedrals as well as maintaining a long choral tradition at Melbourne. The Choir sings anthems at the weekly Parish Communion and choral settings on major feast days and festivals. There is also a monthly Choral Evensong, Compline after choir practice each term, carol services for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany/Candlemas and a Passiontide Sequence of appropriate words and music each Passion Sunday.

There are occasional Civic Services as well as combined events with other invited choirs.

Repertoire, Robes, Residencies!

With this variety of services there is a large and varied repertoire of music from plainsong to MacMillan. The Choir has a growing reputation for high standards both locally and nationally due in part to undertaking Annual Cathedral Weekend Residencies at Winchester, Wells, York, Durham and Canterbury since 2007, alongside established Cathedral daytrips (usually by coach). All of these weekends were very well received with many compliments for the Choir and invitations to return!

Choir at the Opening of St. Michael's House
The Choir at Exeter Cathedral in April 2015
The Choir at Hereford Cathedral in April 2015
The Choir at York Minster
The Choir at Windsor Chapel in 2014
Simon, Director of Music, at the Melbourne Church organ
Choir at the Opening of St. Michael's House
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We seek new members!

There is an immediate vacancy for both an Alto and a Soprano but enquiries are welcome from all voice parts as we look to expand the size of the Choir over the next few months. Simon Collins would welcome enquiries from anyone interested in further details either via or on 01543 258777. Practices are on Wednesday evenings at 7.45pm.

St Michael with St Mary, 
Church Square, Melbourne
Derbyshire DE73 8JH