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Welcome to Trinity Choir and Music Group

Trinity URC has a strong tradition of choral singing and has a thriving choir, together with a team of three organists. Our organ has been refurbished in recent years, and hosted a recital by Paul Hale, Rector Chori of Southwell Minster, Nottingham.

Our choir comprises:
Female: 8 sopranos, 3 altos
Male: 4 tenors, 5 bass

Our choir leads the singing at Sunday morning worship and regularly sings Introits or Anthems. Choir practice from September to Easter is at 8 pm on Thursdays. In addition, the choir forms the nucleus of a carol singing group who visit the sick and housebound members of our church at Christmas time.

If you would like to join our choir, please contact our Musical Director,

Martin Ashcroft

History & Specifications of the Organ at Trinity

Organ Upgrade 2014

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-Trinity Pipe Organ

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Organ Voluntaries Played During Sunday Worship  - 2013

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Edward Elgar

Johannes Brahms

Franz Schubert

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Organ Voluntaries Played During Sunday Worship  - 2014

Organ Voluntaries Played During Sunday Worship  - 2015

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Organ Voluntaries Played During Sunday Worship  - 2016

Simon Preston

Charles Marie Widor

Organ Voluntaries Played During Sunday Worship  - 2017

Felix Mendelssohn

Malcolm Archer


Gordon Jacob

(1895 - 1984)

Festal Flourish


J S Bach

(1685 - 1750)

Fugue in D Minor  BWV680


Herbert Howells

(1892 - 1983)

Rhapsody No.3 in C# Minor


J S Bach

(1685 - 1750)

Prelude & Fugue in G  BWV541


William Walton

(1902 - 1983)

Crown Imperial


Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872 - 1958)

Hymn Prelude on ‘Rhosymedre’


J S Bach

(1685 - 1750)

Fugue in G  BWV578


Edward Elgar

(1857 - 1934)

Sonata in G (1st Movement, Allegro Maestoso) Op.28


G F Handel

(1685 - 1759)

Organ Concerto No.2 in B Flat


J S Bach

(1685 - 1750)

Fantasia in C Minor  BWV562


Herbert Howells

(1892 - 1983)

Master Tallis’ Testamant


George Thalben-Ball

(1896 - 1987)



C M Widor

(1844 - 1937)

Toccata from Symphony No.5


Pete Eben

(1929 - 2007)

Moto Ostinato (Sunday Music)


C H H Parry

(1848 - 1918)

Choral Prelude on Rockingham


Théodore Dubois

(1837 - 1924)

Fiat Lux


C V Stanford

(1852 - 1924)

Postlude in G Minor


Arthur Sullivan

(1842 - 1900)

The Lost Chord


J S Bach

(1685 - 1750)

Fugue in G Major  BWV576


J S Bach

(1685 - 1750)

Prelude & Fugue in C  BWV545


J G Walther

(1684 - 1748)

Chorale Prelude ‘Praise to the Lord’


Edward Elgar

(1857 - 1934)

Pomp & Circumstance No.4


Felix Mendelssohn

(1902 - 1983)

Wedding March from Midsummer Night’s Dream


Edward Elgar

(1857 - 1934)

Imperial March


Maurice Green

(1694 - 1755)



Herbert Brewer

(1865 - 1928)

March Heroique


Flor Peeters

(1903 - 1986)

Toccata from Modale Suite


J S Bach

(1685 - 1750)

Chorale from Cantata NO.147


Josef Rheinberger

(1839 - 1901)

Fugue in A


J P Sweelinck

(1562 - 1621)

Variations on “Mein Junges Leben Hat ein End”


G F Handel

(1685 - 1759)

Presto from Concerto No.5 on F


S Karg-Elert


Choral Improvisation

“Now Thank We All Our God”


Juan Cabanilles

(1644 - 1712)

Tiento de Batalla (quinto tono)


J S Bach

(1685 - 1750)

Allabreve  BWV589

Organ voluntaries played or selected to be played at the end of Sunday Worship from January 2018

Widor Sym V  -Finale

High Quality Stereo (320kbps) - Played by Dr Martin Ashcroft - Trinity’s Music Director


Trinity URC Choir:

Why not listen to a recording of our Choir at our Church Anniversary Service, on 3rd November 2013, as they sang: -

“Sing to the Lord with Cheerful Voice”

John & Christine Grundy open the May 2014 ‘GiG’ at Church

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31 May 2014:

Our Trinity Choir at our Harvest Festival  28 September 2014

Trinity URC Choir:




Under the Reformed order of 1578, the organ could not be tolerated playing during a worship service as it was considered a distraction from the spoken word, but the church organist could apply his formidable talents just before or after a service in a Voluntary.

John Milford Rutter

Organ Voluntaries Played During Sunday Worship  - 2018

Hymn to the BIRTHDAY BOY from his choir:   May 2019

O Doctor Martin, by whose skill

   this motley crew is fed;

Who through these weary canticles

   hast all our voices led.

Our “louds” and “softs” we now present

   before thy withering gaze.

Make of this choir just what you can

   there’s no “SUCCEEDING RACE”!

Through each perplexing change of key

   our faltering voices guide.

Give us the beat – then leave the rest

   to us – as we decide.

Just wave your hovering arms around;

   we’ll try to count the bars

But if we reach that final chord

   we’ll count our lucky stars.

Please show us how to sing like “King’s” –

    we might just get the urge

To sing those tunes that we don’t like –

   well – some – but not that dirge.

Seven in a bar is much too hard

   and stultifies the brain

But you are our interpreter

   and you will make it plain.

Uncertainty is sure to err

   and cause us loss of sleep;

So, by the time we’ve learned “The Lamb”

   it’s grown into “The Sheep”.

Don’t ask for notes that we can’t reach

   or words that we can’t utter.

Miss out the chants that Marjorie likes

   just stick to good old Rutter.

So, thanks for all the work you do

   Victor in cantibus

Sit down with all us older folk

   ‘cos now you’re ONE OF US!

                                                  Frank Ashcroft May 2019

The church family was recently kindly invited to a birthday bash at ‘The Owls’ in Standish, where ‘an upper room’ overlooking mature trees had been prepared for the evening’s supper.  A perfect setting to celebrate a milestone anniversary in the life of Martin our Musical Director.  The evening was most enjoyable and informal allowing folk to mingle and natter; at times one could hardly make oneself heard with the animated chatter, which only subsided, a little, as the very tasty hot pot and or curry (I had both) was served, washed down nicely by drinks from the free bar.

Some of the highlights of the evening included presentations and votes of thanks given by representatives from each of the four voices of the choir (sopranos, altos, tenors and basses) in loving recognition of Martin’s mastery of Trinity’s ensemble.  Judith then told a number of very amusing and pertinent jokes, none of which I can remember but now wish that I had written down, before the choir sang the following inspired hymn, composed especially for Martin, at very short notice, by Frank Ashcroft and ably conducted by Walter.  

I have never heard the choir sing with such conviction, clarity and gusto, the voices in perfect harmony and timing, angelic even - probably lubricated by the free drinks, if truth be told.  Martin then responded with an emotional rallying speech defending his right to keep challenging the choir with nearly impossible pieces to sing, which strengthened resolve and brought a tear to the eye.  A vote of thanks to Martin & Angela brought the formalities to a close and so a great time was had by all.

Thank you for a great evening’s bash and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Martin. Please send me some photos when you have time!  

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