Music plays a big part in our lives at St George’s both in our worship and in the wider life of our church as part of the community..
The Choir - We are blessed by a small but dedicated choir who sing on a Sunday morning at the 11.00 am services (except for the first Sunday of the month). They also meet for practice at 7.00 pm on a Friday evening in the Parish Rooms next to the Church. This is led by Paul Stephens, our Organist.
In our worship we mostly use Hymns Old and New, supplemented by newer hymns and songs which are projected on the large screen we have at the front of the church. We sometimes have guitars in church for the All-Age Service and would be pleased to hear of anyone with musical abilities who would like to help us develop our Worship.
For the One Voice service we have a live worship band made up of people from a number of different churches.
Concert Venue – The church is also used as a concert venue. Stroud Choral Society have based their Minpins young people’s choir with us as a rehearsal venue. They also sing in church on Sunday mornings from time to time. Stroud Choral Society themselves also use us as a concert venue during the year.
We have held concerts of young people’s voices, hosting a Young Voices concert for schools from around the area for the first time in 2015 and also hosting Nailsworth school with two iSingPop concerts of their recently recorded CD.
We have had many other styles of music from the Carols of Beaudesert School to folk music and chamber music as the acoustics and capacity of the building make it an ideal venue.
The organ – The organ at St George’s is relatively new to us. The old organ had deteriorated in 2010 and the decision was made to replace it.
In 2011 we were fortunate to be offered a Samuel Renn organ from the redundant church of St John the Baptist in Bollington, Cheshire.
The organ was dismantled, rebuilt and restored in 2014 and finally dedicated for use on Sunday 15th June by the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Rev. Martyn Snow.
As well as leading our worship, it is also used for regular Organ Concerts and by visiting organists as it is one of only 6 Renn organs with the original casework and pipe work intact.
You can download more information including the specification of the organ from our downloads page.