Music

Music has played a key part in Carrs Lane’s long life, and continues to do so.  The music for services and various other events is overseen by the Church Musician.

Concerts and Workshops

A wide variety of concerts and workshops is offered through the year, ranging from chamber music by two musicians, to whole symphony orchestras; from African drumming to dance.  These usually take place on fifth Sundays at 1:30pm.  Have a look at the News section for further details.

Choir

Hymn-singing is an important element of the worship. This is led by the mixed-ability choir most Sunday mornings (but not the third Sunday – see Singing Group, below). Usually on the first Sunday of each month, the choir sings an introit and anthem, drawing from their extensive repertoire spanning Renaissance motets to modern anthems. The choir rehearse on Friday evenings at 19:00-20:00, and on Sunday mornings (except on the third Sunday), 09:45-10:15. New singers are always welcome: contact the Church Musician via the church office for more information.

Overseas Links:  Two links with foreign congregations have developed through the choir. For over 20 years members have exchanged visits with a choir in south-western Germany; a large group from the choir and congregation visited Germany in September 2011 and another visit is planned for 2015.  We have also exchanged visits with a choir in South Africa .

Singing Group

Only one half-hour rehearsal per month! Come and join us if you enjoy singing with a group (we are about 14 in number) – easy contemporary worship songs – singing in unison – no auditions – no need to be able to read music.  Meet in church at 9.45am on the third Sunday of each month, to prepare items for the service which follows. Why not give us a try – no pressure to be committed for ever!  Contact our Music Director Tim Batty via the church office if you need any more information, or just turn up on a third Sunday at 9.45 am.

Pipe Organ and Pianos

We are fortunate in possessing a very fine 3-manual pipe organ, built in 1970 by Hill, Norman & Beard, and incorporating some much earlier pipes from the previous church building.  We have a high quality Yamaha grand piano, and a Technics digital piano.  Further details can be found here.

Church Musician

Dr Tim Batty was appointed Church Musician in October 2010, and has sought to broaden the musical experiences offered at Carrs Lane, both during Sunday and Wednesday services, and also by establishing a regular programme of concerts and workshops open to all.  Details of these can be found on the News page.

Tim has previously held a variety of posts as an organist and / or chorister, gaining experience in all the major denominations of in the UK, and was a former organ scholar at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh. His main career interests lie in science, and he has recently completed a PhD in groundwater contamination at the University of Birmingham.