A message from Scott Angell our new Director of Music
I wanted to start by saying a massive thank you for the lovely welcome I have had from the choir, clergy and the congregation. I have been made to feel so welcome at the church. I feel like I have been there three months, never mind only three weeks. I want to say a massive thank you to Rev Steve Martin and to David Davies and the other organists who have kept the music at the forefront of worship.
The choir are a fantastic group of singers and are a lot better than they give themselves credit for. Over the next few months you will see more solos and more music that will show them how worship can be like a cathedral, even in a parish church. On the website I have added that we are looking to grow the membership, especially the men’s section. I am also looking to start a children’s choir in the coming weeks and months. So if you would like to join please come and see me on a Sunday morning. We are also off to Wells and Truro cathedrals to sing evensong in the coming months, so stay tuned for more details.
Now a little about me. I have been involved in choral music since the early 1990s. I have been the tenor soloist in productions such as the Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and Vivaldi’s Gloria. I have been the director of music in a number of churches within the Plymouth area. I am currently Music Director for the Music of the Night choral foundation, Assistant Director of the Plymouth Catholic Choir, also President of the Plymouth and District Organists’ Association. I was previously chorus master for the 120-strong South West Philharmonia and Chorus until September 2017.
I have played a number of recitals in and around the Devon area. Before joining St Eustachius’, I was previously Director of the Church of the Ascension Plymouth. My organ teachers have been Fiona Chryssides, David Lodge and Jason Smart. I learnt choral conducting from Marcus Alleyne, I hold two Fellowships in Music and am working towards my Trinity qualifications. Music has always been my passion and I thrive on seeing that passion in others. Music is about the emotional connection and I truly believe the choir bring that week on week. Their commitment is brilliant and I hope you feel that emotion as well. Please see me if you have any questions or would like a hymn that I can add to the list.
Thank you, Scotty
Calling all budding singers! Have you ever thought about joining a really friendly church choir that shows how choral singing is still at the heart of worship? Well now you can! St Eustachius is looking to increase its current choir and also start a children’s choir. If you are interested please come and see me after a service; give me a call on 01752 783490; contact me via the parish office on firstname.lastname@example.org or simply come to a rehearsal on a Friday night. Junior choir is from 6.30 pm – 7 pm and senior choir from 7 pm – 8.30 pm, followed by a social get-together in the Bedford hotel. Thanks Scott Angell (Director of Music).