Music in the Hambleden
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.
Hambleden Church Choir recording
BBC Radio 3 'Wings' Project
'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
We have recorded some hymns sung in our
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
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
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
Listen to the band and congregation in Turville
The Lord's my shepherd (Stuart
Townend) and There is a redeemer (Keith Green)