The Trinity Singers was the idea of Rev. John Abdy (then Vicar of the Joint Parishes of Burrington and Churchill) to bring together the church choirs of his churches. Jeremy Martin worked closely with John in setting up the choir in the lead up to Christmas 1998 and has been Musical Director from then until his departure at the end of 2014.
Following the success of the Christmas services, John and Jeremy decided to make the choir a permanent feature and it took the name Trinity Singers in January 1999. From the outset the choir programme has included a mixture of concerts and services, in particular supporting services on special occasions in the churches in Burrington, Churchill, Langford and Sandford, as well as singing at weddings.
The first Concert was a performance of the Fauré Requiem on 27th March 1999 in Burrington church.
Under Jeremy’s direction, the choir was encouraged to broaden its repertoire and take on increasingly challenging music. Whilst keeping the links with the original churches, particularly while John Abdy was Vicar, the choir began to perform secular as well as sacred music.
Over the years concerts have been presented in many local churches and other venues, including St Mary Redcliffe and St Monica’s in Bristol, and the choir undertook an exchange with a choir based in Florence performing at St Francesco & St Chiara – Montughi.
The general pattern is one orchestral concert per year, together with one other formal concert, a “fun” Christmas Concert and Carol Services at Christmas. In addition, the choir has organised Workshops and other smaller scale events, and performed at services over a weekend at Wells Cathedral.
There has always been a strong link to Churchill Academy and joint concerts have been performed at local churches, and at All Saints Weston Super Mare and Bristol Cathedral. Works have included the Verdi Requiem, the Armed Man, Carmina Burana, Mozart Requiem, Janacek Otcenas, and Rutter Gloria. These are large events with many singers and full orchestra. The Armed Man attracted lottery funding and involved almost 200 performers from the Trinity Singers, the school and a professional orchestra.
In celebration of the 2012 London Olympics, Trinity Singers joined with Exultate, Churchill Academy Chamber Choir and the choirs of Wrington and Sandford Primary schools to perform and record ‘The Same Flame’, commissioned by Churchill Music and part funded by Arts Council England.
In 2015 Andrew Tyrrell was appointed Musical Director. Andrew was known to the choir through our links to Churchill Academy, and had written a specially commissioned piece in memory of John Abdy. Under his direction the choir has widened its repertoire and improved both in overall sound and rhythmically.
We look forward to continued success over the coming years as we further develop our repertoire and attract new singers and audiences.
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