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Music in the Hambleden Valley Churches

Music is important in the churches.

The Hambleden Valley Choir is the amalgam of Hambleden Choir (16 members), Frieth Choir (7 members) and 2 people from the other parishes.  Hambleden and Frieth choirs sing the Eucharist (currently settings by Peter Nardone and Dom Gregory Murray with a Communion anthem) each Sunday in their respective churches accompanied by the Director of Music (Christine Wells B.Mus., FRCO) and sing together for all Group Eucharists, weddings, memorial services and the occasional concert.  Every January they take part in the Henley Choirs Festival.  They are RSCM affiliated.  Christine Wells organises the Saturday evening Hambleden Concerts throughout the summer and Sunday tea concerts  She is a Past President of the Berkshire Organists Association and gives organ recitals at various venues in the area.
Listen to
Hambleden Church Choir recording  for the BBC Radio 3 'Wings' Project 29.4.09  
 
Introduction   'O for the wings of a dove'


       
Christine Wells and Hambleden Valley Choir

There are several other organists who accompany the services in Turville, Fingest, Medmenham and Fawley

    
 Gill Green                              Joan Wilcox                                  Alexandra Morton                           Suzannah Freer

We have recorded some hymns sung in our Valley churches  

Hymns

The Valley Band started playing music to accompany informal services, where traditional hymns are mixed
with more modern worship songs.
The band has been playing together now for 12 years, and has grown to include keyboard,
lead and rhythm guitars, double bass, clarinet and flute, and drums, as well as two lovely lead singers. Several of the musicians are highly competent, and the overall sound is pleasantly melodic. 
The band plays at informal services in Hambleden, and for the monthly Valley wide Oasis services,
which combine worship through music with a more contemplative style of service.

                      
        Band shown playing at the outdoor Eucharist Fingest 2.8.15                  Band playing at Jeremy and Sarah's Farewell 23.8.15 


Band playing at the Animal Blessing Service 3.10.15

Listen to the band and congregation in Turville church -
The Lord's my shepherd (Stuart Townend) and There is a redeemer (Keith Green)

 

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