The choir in Liverpool Cathedral with Ken Dodd, September 2008
The Parish Church of St. Anne's, Stanley has had a church choir since at least 1883, when our records begin. Over the years it has not only fulfilled its function of leading the worship here at St. Anne's, but has also received acclaim throughout the Diocese. It has been maintained by countless dedicated people over the years and now has over 30 members.
The choir has completed three concert tours abroad in Czech Republic with Komorni youth orchestra, one in 2004, one in 2007 and one in 2015. We have sung in Liverpool cathedral in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and have sung for the Hillsborough memorial service at Anfield between 2007 and 2009, performing in front of 5000 people each time.
The choir's repertoire exceeds 150 pieces and spans many centuries, from the Renaissance period to the present day so there is always suitable music for every occasion. We perform concerts every year too. Recent performances have included Rutter's Requiem and two Bach cantata's with a chamber orchestra. In 1990, we commissioned Noel Rawsthorne to write an anthem for our centenary and 'Christ is our cornerstone' is now sung in churches and cathedrals throughout the land, and has sold in excess of 24,000 copies.
Most of the children are invited from St. Anne's school between the ages of 7 and 9 and are trained to sing and read music, although children are welcome at any time to audition for the choir, no matter what school they attend. We'd especially welcome any adults that would like to join the choir too. Anyone interested will be made most welcome. Just see Geoff after the Sunday morning service or send him an e-mail.
The choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm with the top line, then until 8.30pm with the full choir. On Thursdays we have choir club and this time is used for playing games, completing tests on the RSCM award scheme and a short rehearsal. The choir sing at the morning service every Sunday. We enjoy a good social life too, with holidays and trips out.