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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


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

Felix Mendelssohn

Malcolm Archer

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

Played on

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

Lent, the period of 40 days leading up to Easter beginning on Ash Wednesday, is observed more or less in all Christian denominations.  It is fair to say there are a wide-ranging degree of observances within that period, with our own non-conformist tradition not having a particular rigorous approach compared to others.

In this period of reflection, sacrifice, penance and self-denial, some traditions have strict rules about placement of flowers, veiling crucifixes and covering elaborate Christian symbols in some denominations.

Some of these strict rules were applied to music.  In the past it was banned completely or only unaccompanied music was sung.  While those extremes no longer apply generally, there are still unofficial guidelines for any organist or Director of Music in many Anglican churches and chapels. Reflecting on my time at college when I played occasionally, during Lent the following notice (paraphrased) was posted on the organ console:

“During Lent, voluntaries should be sober, reflective and generally should be in a minor key.  “Extravagances”, toccatas and other joyful pieces should be avoided until Easter Sunday.   Loud fanfare reed stops, Mixtures (bright and colourful organ stops) and otherwise joyful and bright tones should be avoided including during the accompaniment of any hymns as befits the season.”

The world is somewhat less rigid 30 years on, but Lent does give an opportunity for playing voluntaries of a more reflective nature in contrast to more typical Sunday morning pieces during the rest of the year.

This year during March, after the dramatic C Minor Fantasia of J. S. Bach (which is often played on Ash Wednesday services) on the first Sunday of Lent, there are two pieces that fit in the reflective category.

The instantly popular Thalben-Ball Elegy was originally improvised during a live BBC service during World War II, but he then committed the piece into print which was played at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Master Tallis’ Testament is a homage to Thomas Tallis by Herbert Howells who was probably the 20th century’s most prolific and successful composer in the Anglican choral tradition.  This is one of his most famous of his beautiful and reflective works from his Six Pieces composed during World War II.  His other claim to fame was he once was an Examiner at the Associated Music Examinations in Wigan!

On 31st March, breaking with the reflective theme, will be the famous Toccata from the 5th Organ Symphony of Widor – a special 55th Wedding Anniversary is a “good excuse” to break with the general “rule” of Lent voluntaries!