The English Service
St Padarn’s is one of the few local churches to have an enthusiastic Church Choir, small but happy. We sing traditional, 4-part harmony music at the English Sunday service at 11.15 a.m. and at special mid week services.
We meet in Church to practice on Thursday nights from 6.00 – 6.45 pm. If you would like to join us to sing in St. Padarn’s Choir, please come along to choir practice. We need new members, especially Sopranos, Tenors and Basses.
IF PRACTICE IS NOT TO TAKE PLACE, THERE WILL BE A NOTE TO THAT EFFECT ON THIS PAGE.
Choir Practice on Thursday 20th September at 6 p.m.
Darryl Walters resigned as Organist & Choirmaster at St. Padarn’s with effect from Sunday 7th January 2018. We thank him for his service during the last 28 months and wish him and Jacqueline well for the future.
Keith Jones will serve as acting Choirmaster for the foreseeable future.
Choir Photograph – May 2016
We welcome Mr & Mrs Darryl Walters to the Choir. Darryl took over as the new Choirmaster from September 2015 replacing Keith Jones who has been acting Choirmaster since January 2013. The first Choir Practice led by Darryl was held on Thursday 3rd September 2015.
MRS GWEN PUGH
Mrs Gwen Pugh stepped down from the position of Choir Mistress at the end of 2012. (Keith Jones is currently Acting Choir Master.) On 22nd March 2013, all of the available choristers assembled in the Black Lion on the village square to enjoy a meal together and pay tribute to Gwen for her service to the choir which dates back over 30 years. Archdeacon Hywel presented her with a cheque from her choristers and warmly thanked her for her services, noting that she had started coming to St Padarn’s when he was appointed Vicar at the beginning of the 1980’s.
CHORISTER LEAVES CHOIR AFTER UNIVERSITY
Kristian Schumacher, a student at Aberystwyth University, has been a member of the St. Padarn’s Choir for a number of years and has made a significant contribution both at Choir Practices and Services, being able to sing both Bass and Tenor. The English Matins and Sermon on Sunday 20th May 2012 was his last Service and he was warmly thanked on behalf of his colleagues and the Church for his contribution over the last few years by Reader, Mr Keith Jones, who was the Officiant at the Service. Keith wished Kristian well for his future and on behalf of the Choir presented him with a small gift.
QUEEN’S AWARD FOR CHORISTER
As a Parish, we warmly congratulate one of our Choristers, Professor Michael Hambrey —head of the Glaciology Department in the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University, on the recent announcement that Her Majesty the Queen has been graciously pleased to award him a second clasp to his Polar Medal. The award is in recognition of his continued outstanding work on glaciology which has contributed to the scientific service of the United Kingdom research and survey in Antarctica. Michael now joins an elite list of recipients who have earned the award a second time.
On Wednesday 28th March 2012, Professor Hambrey was one of the invitees to the National Service of Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Captain Scott’s Expedition to the South Pole, in St Paul’s Cathedral in London and has now also been to Windsor Castle to receive the recently awarded second clasp to his Polar Medal
CHOIR PEOPLE AND OTHERS
The Welsh Service
You will hear very fine congregational singing in the Welsh service as there are many excellent singers in the congregation Sunday by Sunday.
Photograph of the Choir – October 2008
Dr. Michael Dewe
It was with great sadness that all in the church choir heard of the death after a cruel illness of Michael Dewe. Michael had been one of the stalwarts of the choir for many years and was the immediate past Choirmaster. His funeral was held on Monday 22nd December 2008 and the church was full with Mike’s family, friends, and colleagues. The church choir was at full strength for a moving and dignified service at which the Venerable Hywel Jones, presided, assisted by Father Paul, the Roman Catholic Parish Priest and his Assistant, Father Phillip and also by Mr Keith Jones, Reader at Llanbadarn Fawr. During the service three of Mike’s favourite hymns were sung and the Magnificat was recited. As a special tribute to Mike and to the glory of God, the choir sang the Ave Maria. After the last hymn—The day Thou gavest Lord, is ended– the Nunc Dimittis was also sung by the Choir. The robed choir then led the cortege, clergy and family out from the church and as far as the Lych gate. Mike will be greatly missed at St Padarn’s, especially by his colleagues in the Choir.
May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.
The following link shows a presentation to Mike on his retirement as choirmaster:-