Church of England Diocese of Chester St. Oswald Malpas and St. John Threapwood

Our Choir

The Choir of St Oswald’s has a membership of over 30. We are fortunate to have a balance of voices which enables us to sing music in 4, 6, and even 8 parts. The Choir’s repertoire ranges from the Renaissance Motets and Mass settings to the compositions of 21st century composers.

The choir rehearses on a Thursday evening and then sings for the Sunday 11.00 am Parish Communion Service (Mattins on the 5th Sunday of the month) and weddings as well as special services and Concerts throughout the year. In the summer months we have a monthly Choral Evensong once a month which is either sung by the Church Choir or visiting Choirs which have included Chester Cathedral Choir, The Borders Singers, Vox Vocavit and Abbey Gate College Chapel Choir. As well as singing in St Oswald’s, the Choir has sung several Evensongs in Chester Cathedral and one Evensong in Hereford Cathedral.

To enhance the singing, we are privileged to have a historic two manual Lewis Organ which is maintained by Merseyside Organ builder Brian Jones.

The choir currently has vacancies for some sopranos and this will be an opportunity to increase the number of children in the choir as recently some of the boys have now moved to the Alto, Tenor and Bass sections. For further details and to apply for an audition please contact the Director of Music, Stewart Smith – email [email protected]

The Choir in 2019

The Choir of St Oswald’s Malpas sang Evensong in Chester Cathedral on the Eve of Epiphany 2019. The Canticles in Bb were by Stanford and the Anthem was No small Wonder by Paul Edwards. The Organist was John Hosking and the Choir was directed by Stewart Smith. The Choir was on top form and a number of tourists expressed interest in where the Choir was from. The Choir had a busy term ahead which will included a number of services in Holy Week beginning with ‘The Passion of our Lord’ in words and music on Palm Sunday. On Bank Holiday Monday 6th May the Choir will be sang Evensong in Hereford Cathedral at 5.30pm. This was the Choir’s first trip outside the Diocese. In June, the Choir and soloists gave a Midsummer Concert to a packed audience. The year has ended with the Advent Carol Service, Christingle Service and the Carol Service on Sunday 22nd December in addition to the usual Christmas services.