All Saints Church, Holbeach has welcomed back Barry Lancaster as their permanent director of music.
Mr Lancaster was organist and choir master from 2009-2011, but left to work at St John’s church in March. However he has kept in contact with All Saints by running a short choir practice and playing for evensong every Sunday evening since the beginning of 2013.
Barry has many plans for growing and developing the choir and the musical life of the church and would always welcome new members
The Rev Rosamund Seal is very pleased that the church has been able to appoint such an exceptional organist and able choir master and the choir are overjoyed to have him back.
“Our worship is so much enhanced by the quality of the music and the congregation are so much more confident in their singing when led by a good organist. It is also very good to know that Barry is equally at ease with traditional and more modern musical styles.
“The church is also very excited to hear that Barry has composed a new musical setting of the Communion service which he has named the ‘Holbeach Service’ to celebrate his return to All Saints. This is due to be published in late April and the choir of All Saints is looking forward to adding it to their repertoire.”
Choir practices now run every Friday evening from 7pm-8.15pm in church and on Sunday evenings from 5.30pm-6.15pm prior to the service of Evensong which often attracts singers from other churches. The choir sing regularly for the 10.30am communion service and the 6.30pm service of Evensong and are also often invited to sing at weddings – for which members get paid.
Barry has many plans for growing and developing the choir and the musical life of the church and would always welcome new members. So if you are interested – please contact Barry on 01406 370665, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The choir are also very pleased to welcome back Pam, Barry’s wife, who has already augmented the soprano line.
All Saints is very grateful to Chris Arnold, Richard Diggle, Kim Biggs, David Shepherd and Michael Bland who have helped out so faithfully in the absence of a permanent appointment for the last two years.