Bideford Catholic Churches

Music Group - Torrington

Music Group - Torrington


We have been fortunate to have two guitarists on most Sundays, John Truan and James Laaveld, James is now away at college and his brother Johan has kindly offered to take his place.   At various times of the year John Buckland also plays and we have the luxury of three guitars!

On the rare occasions when there are no guitarists Tim Laaveld and Sandra Boycott step in to play the keyboard.

The old organ (which had been donated) was beyond repair and so a new keyboard was purchased, it's fairly basic but adequate and especially useful for funerals and weddings.

There are six regular members of the choir and we meet to practise at least once a month, more often for the bigger festivals.   We find the congregation sing well and seem to enjoy some of the newer hymns that we have introduced as well as the old favourites.   We choose the hymns for the Sunday from those recommended and as our repertoire increases we usually find some that we know.

We always finish our practises with a choir prayer, this was given to us by a former member and we are happy to pass this on should anyone like a copy.

Mindful of the fact that some of the congregation are in the senior age group we try to include at least one much loved traditional hymn in the weekly selection and consider requests for special occasions.

If anyone would like to join our happy group they would be most welcome.

Sandra Boycott

(Information provided for Parish In Council Meeting October 2014)