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.
Hymn-singing is an important element of the worship. This is led by the mixed-ability choir most Sunday mornings. Usually on the first Sunday of each month – and occasionally for other services – 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, 09:45-10:15. New singers are always welcome: contact the Church Musician via the church office for more information. (If the email link does not work with your email programme, please right click to copy the link and paste it into the ‘To’ box of your email)
For over 40 years members have exchanged visits with a choir in south-western Germany; in recent years, a large group from the choir and congregation visited Germany in 2015 and are scheduled to visit again in September 2019. Reciprocally, members of the choir and congregation from Germany visited Birmingham in 2017 and in 2013.
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 pipework from the organ in the previous church building. Further details can be found here. We have a Yamaha ‘Conservatory C5’ grand piano, and a Technics digital piano. All our instruments are regularly maintained in excellent working order by expert technicians.
Dr Tim Batty was appointed Church Musician in October 2010. Tim has previously held a variety of posts as an organist and / or chorister, gaining experience in all the major denominations in the UK, and was a former organ scholar at St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh. His main career interests lie in science, and he completed a PhD in groundwater contamination at the University of Birmingham.