The Christ Church Orchestra
Orchestral music has been firmly established at Christ Church since the
1970’s when Christine Dare with the assistance of Tony Westwood and
John Birch established an Orchestra. The opportunity for members of the
church and the wider St. John’s Parish to use their talents by playing their
orchestral instruments in worship has been welcomed by the congregation
and musicians alike.
Today Christ Church boasts an Orchestra of over 40 musicians. The
Orchestra is a seasonal group which performs for the Nine Lessons and
Carols, Christmas Day, Easter Day, Songs of Praise and Parish Praise.
Orchestral arrangements used by our Orchestra are largely ‘home-
grown’! Richard Haigh, Tony Westwood and Matthew Dennis, all
members of Christ Church, have composed, arranged and continue to
arrange many settings of Hymns, Carols, Songs and Anthems to be used
in our worship and witness.
Orchestral musicians of Grade 6 level and above are welcome to join
the Orchestra. For more information please contact Richard Haigh.
Stephen Hofmeyr, 26/02/2011