Broughton Parish is blessed by the most wonderful and dedicated traditional robed choir of boys and men who sing to an exceptionally high standard, and have a very broad repertoire of choral music both ancient and modern.
The earliest known singing master at Broughton Parish Church was James Molyneux, who raised funds for musical instruments in 1814. However, the first specific reference to music and singing at Broughton Parish Church comes in the Church Warden’s accounts of 1823-24 when 3 shillings was paid to Betty Blacow, her annual fee, for singing! By 1912 there were twelve robed village boys in the choir stalls.
Since the 1930s there has been a significant choir in the parish church, which now consists of around 50 boys and men who are trained in the Royal School of Church Music tradition. The choir is directed by John Catterall, MBE, LRAM, Associate of the RSCM. The parish organist is Harry Spencer.
The choir not only sings at all of the main services in the parish church throughout the year, but also tours in France and the Isle of Man, as and sings at Cathedrals and Greater Churches including St. Paul’s; Westminster Abbey; Chester; Liverpool; Durham; Lambeth Palace; Kings College, Cambridge. They have recorded numerous CDs which can be purchased from the choir.
New choristers young and older (we start recruiting from the age of 6 or 7 years) are always welcome. For more information about singing in the choir, or general choir matters, please contact Mr Catterall: firstname.lastname@example.org
The large 93 stop 4 manual Phoenix Digital Organhas just had a substantial upgrade. It is a superb instrument for accompanying both congregation and choir, and is a fantastic recital instrument.Broughton Choir Website