The Garrowby Singers is the Benefice church choir.  Members are drawn from all five parishes, and beyond.  These members share a love of singing – and for each other.  Practices are held weekly, at Bugthorpe CofE Primary School.

The choir sings at the main festivals of the church year, and more besides – including the York Community Choir Festival.  When invited, the choir also sings at baptisms, weddings and funerals.  In addition, the choir performs two fundraising concerts each year – one at Christmas and one in the summer.  A local charity is identified to benefit from fundraising efforts at each summer concert and the funds raised at the Christmas concert are donated to the Benefice.  Such a range of events allows the choir to perform a wide variety of pieces.

Significant services in which the choir participates include an Advent procession, based on that in York Minster, the Good Friday ‘Cross of Christ’ and Remembrance Sunday.  The choir feel privileged to offer additional music to further enhance services.

A variety of hymn books are used across the Benefice including Hymns Old and New, Hymns Ancient and Modern, English Hymnal and Hundred Hymns for Today. We are fortunate to have an organist to accompany all services and one of the congregation plays the guitar and sings devotional songs during communion as well as supporting Family Service worship.

Family worship also includes the children by way of tambourines, triangles and so on which they enjoy and adds to the joy of worship.

Our Musicians

Penny Beard. Organist and Leader of the Garrowby Singers.

Daphne Smithson. Organist.

Dr Ruth Beckett. Organist.

Anna Sargeant. Singer/Guitarist.

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