Dave West and the new organ at Saint Wulstan's
Saint Wulstan's has had a choir at least since the present church building was opened in 1959. The current Director of Music, David West, started in post on Palm Sunday 1994 at the request of Canon Corrigan, the Parish Priest at that time. Before this point, the choir had consisted of a loyal band of singers who sang the hymns from words-only copies of the hymn book! The music at that time was run by different people; the Choir giving way to a music group on the second Sunday of each month. Canon Corrigan asked David to bring together all those who were involved with leading the music at Mass to discuss the way forward. Later on, following several years rebuilding the choir, another former Parish Priest Father Anthony Dykes, worked with David to build what we have now. Over two decades later the choir have a repertoire of over one hundred different motets and Mass settings which are sung on a weekly basis. In addition, the Church’s rich heritage of plainchant has been preserved and nurtured.
The Choir also visits Saint Chad's Cathedral in Birmingham annually (usually at the beginning of September) to sing the principal Mass and from time to time is augmented by a small group of instruments for special occasions. This has happened in recent years when both Schubert’s Mass in G and Haydn’s Missa Brevis in F were performed for the first Masses of two newly ordained parishioners.
Many of the younger members of St Wulstan’s choir started when still at primary school, thanks to an initiative which saw them practising during morning break times with Mrs. April West, then music teacher at St Wulstan’s School. Years on, most of them have moved on to University and employment but look forward to singing with us when ever they can. The experience of singing with St Wulstan’s Choir stays with them, both spiritually and culturally, for the rest of their lives.
Saint Wulstan’s Choir continues to attract new members of all ages who want to combine their love of church music with their faith. Rehearsals are held on Friday evenings at 7.15 pm. We continue to welcome new members. The main requirements are:
It would also help if you had some experience in singing Catholic or Anglican Service music, but this is not essential - you will soon learn!
Please note that you do not have to be a Catholic to join us as long as you are happy to be part of our Sunday Mass. The experience gained by our younger singers has proved invaluable as part of their all – round musical education. It is particularly useful in the preparation for ABRSM and similar grade exams. Most of our choristers play at least one instrument.
If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact the Choirmaster, Dave West.
Elgar, Bruckner and Mozart are amongst the composers whose work we sing. The church in the lower right corner is Saint Wulstan's in Little Malvern.
We have a new organ at Saint Wulstan's. Full details of the demise of the old organ and how we acquired a new one can be found on our organ page. You can download full specifications of it in PDF format here and if you are interested in learning to play the organ and accompany church services, that opportunity is available at Saint Wulstans - please contact Dave West.
Page maintained by Dave West, Choirmaster