Bowdon has a long musical tradition and many of our wide array of services are enhanced by the contributions of our church choir, led by Michael Dow, our director of music, and Roger Bryan, our organist and associate director of music.
Church choirs who can deliver high quality Choral Evensong and Choral Matins on a regular basis are becoming fewer in number. These peculiarly English services are a direct consequence of the English Reformation and are one of the glories of English music. Bowdon Church Choir’s repertoire ranges from early music to newly composed works and the high standard is recognised each year as they take up residency in a cathedral for a week, singing in place of the cathedral choir. Positive feedback regarding the quality of music and the age range of the choir is always received.
The choir have recently been honoured by two much prized invitations. We have been asked to sing four services at Chester Cathedral on 18-19 February 2017 and to sing for a week in Canterbury Cathedral from 21-27 August 2017. In order to be invited to Canterbury we had to submit a recording of recent sung services. At one time Canterbury insisted on an audition, so only local church choirs could sing there. We were delighted to learn that we had been accepted!
The choir greatly values the support that it receives from the parish when singing elsewhere. We would love to see you in Chester and Canterbury.