(Latin: “the voice of Holloway”) was started in autumn 2009 as a community choral society for all – no auditions, no professions of faith required, no previous experience of choral singing required – with St Luke’s as its home, welcomed and supported by St Luke’s, but to include participants from far and wide who would not necessarily consider attending a church of any kind.
At its first concert. ‘The Messiah’ in December 2009, the choir raised £6,000 for the Umthombo Street Children project in Durban South Africa. At its second, ‘Requiem in Blue’ by Harvey Brough, performed on Palm Sunday, we raised £14,000 for the DEC Haiti appeal. Both were performed to a packed house.
Its director, Justin Butcher, Organist and Choirmaster at St Luke’s, says:
“I think my key inspiration is my conviction that singing, perhaps more than any other art form, connects us most profoundly to the mystery of who and what we are – body, mind and spirit – at the same time as connecting us to each other. It’s a crime that so many people grow up thinking they can’t sing and miss out on something that should be both fun, creative and sociable but also a primal encounter with the Divine in the midst of life.”
Rehearsals are every Tuesday at 7.30pm at the church.
Further info: 07970 785641