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The St Peter's Choir

The Choir has 18 regular members and several associates. The regular members support worship at the Sunday morning Sung Eucharist services and other special services throughout the year. Many associate members join for special occasions such as weddings, funerals, memorial services and Christmas Carols. The Sunday School children also practise their own songs and often come to sing with the choir at Family Services.

The Choir practises on Monday evenings at 6.00pm in the Church. It sings in four part harmony guided by Choir Director, Frances Brindley. They would love to have more altos, tenors and basses and sopranos are always welcome too! An ability to read English is essential: an ability to read music is not! Just talk to Frances after a service if you would like to get involved. Robes are provided and maintained by wardrobe mistress Margaret Booth who does a superb job.

The Choir is also supported by a wonderful organist, Andrew Cummings and by Frances Brindley who helps with practises.

As well as regular worship the Choir does hold concerts during the year, mainly for charity. The members also make an annual trip at Christmas to two local homes for senior members of the community to sing carols and other Christmas songs. For Buxton Churches Together events it is joined by singers from other local choirs who also visit St Peter's to support with other special occasions.

St Peter's Choir is a friendly and socially active group. The members support each other in all things and are always there for one another in times of trouble or stress.

February 2013:  The Choir, Clergy and PCC of St Peter's would like to publicly recognise the contribution made by the late Irene Salt to the life of St Peter’s Choir, whose involvement included piano accompaniment during practices and other assistance in concerts. She will be sadly missed.

Well done,  good and faithful servant (Matthew 25.21)

 

The organ at St Peter’s dates back to 1893. It was installed by Peter Conacher & Co. of Huddersfield at a cost of 350 and was originally located at the back of church on the north wall (close to where the font is today).

In 1902 the organ was moved to its present location when the church extension providing transepts, chancel, vestry, organ chamber and porch was completed. It has remained largely unchanged since although has undergone a number of refurbishments. Following an overhaul in 1938 the organ was rededicated in a service at which the well known organist of Liverpool Cathedral, Harry Goss-Custard, Mus.Bac, F.R.C.O. gave a recital.

In 1951 the organ was electrified and in 1969 the brown varnished organ fascia was painted white, gold and blue. This was removed during it's most recent full restoration in 1994 which was completed by Sixsmith’s Organ Builders of Mossley at a cost of 24,000.

St Peter’s has had at least two previous organs. The first was made by Messrs Wheildon & Roberts of Manchester and was installed in 1861 and subsequently moved to North Road School in 1882. The second, a Jardine & Co (Manchester) organ was loaned to the church by former Fairfield resident Thomas Gocher and was located in the Gallery.

 

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