The Choir at St Cuthbert’s, Norham, is a small four-part choir affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music. It leads the singing at all Sunday services (ably assisted by the Norham Junior Singers on the first Sunday of each month) as well as providing music for special occasions. The musical highlights for the choir are the Service of Devotion on Good Friday and the annual Carol Service.
Practices take place on Thursday evenings from 6.45 to 8.15pm. In the summer practices are in church, but in the winter they are at the home of Julian and Patricia Bonia or at Norham First School.
The choir is quite often asked to sing at other churches and the singing of Choral Evensong on Holy Island during St Aidan’s Tide has become an annual event, greatly enjoyed by choir members.
For special occasions the choir welcomes its “occasional” members who cannot make the full commitment to regular weekly practices and services. New members (either regular or occasional) are most welcome, so long as their voices will blend with the existing group. Singers with alto, tenor or bass voices need to be able to hold a harmony line.
We know Norham Choir was established before 1902 because we have this photograph (shown below) that was taken outside the Vicarage (now Norham House).
100 years on, in 2002, the choir members were photographed in St Cuthbert’s Parish Church. There are 6 members in the photo who are still the choir today, including Patricia Bonia The Choir Leader ( Back row 3rd from Right) and Julian Bonia the organist ( front row 3rd from Right)”
A very special occasion took place in St Cuthbert’s Church Norham in April 2015 when one of our choir members was installed as High Sheriff of Northumberland! Here is Lucy with the choir just after the ceremony.
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Contact details: Patricia and Julian Bonia, Fern Lea, West Street, Norham, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 2LB. Tel: 01289 382256. or send us an email via [email protected]