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Music & choir

Music is an important part of the worship and fellowship at Immanuel Church.  The primary role of the choir is to support and enhance the congregation in singing at services. As such the choir becomes an important leader in worship, not only in music, but in prayer and praise through song, working with the Vicar.

For a number of years there was a fairly large and enthusiastic choir confident in singing many and varied choral pieces under the guidance of an organist and choirmaster. Time moved on, the then organist and choirmaster left and for a period of 18 months there was no regular organist. However, with the help of visiting organists and the support and loyalty of the choir, services continued.

In 2005 David Lane agreed to become our Musical Director. Under his leadership, music at Immanuel has evolved into what it is today. We have a small yet talented robed choir, and our repertoire has grown to include more modern pieces of music, including some written by David Lane’s late father.

We work in a slightly more relaxed way these days, which has been necessary due to the addition of several babies to our younger female members.

It is fair to say that although small in number, we are an enthusiastic and happy crowd. We are of course always looking for new choristers.

We now also have an excellent music group which plays at All Age Worship services on the second Sunday of each month.

Choir members practice on Monday evenings from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm in church.

If you would like to know more about the choir, please contact David Lane email:

David Lane.  David has been Musical Director at Immanuel Church since August 2005. He has been a professional musician for over 40 years working in all kinds of music, from classical & church music to rock, pop and jazz.  He was classically trained on the piano from the age of 7, and studied pipe organ, from the age of 15, at Tunbridge School, in Kent. He mainly works in the Theatre world these days, having been Musical Director/Keyboard player for shows in London’s West End, on many national tours, and for 21 Pantomimes. He is currently playing with the popular, sell-out concert tour ‘Beyond the Barricade’.

“Although Immanuel’s musical policy is quite traditional, we sing a wide variety of more modern hymns and have a very capable nucleus of musicians and singers, and, we are always on the lookout for new people to join our small, but perfectly formed, choir”