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Music

Music Group

…with gratitude in your hearts
sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.

Colossians 3:16
  • Concerts at Holy Trinity
  • International Organ Day (Saturday 23 April, 2022)

Music matters

Music is vitally important to worship, refreshing it in ways that words alone cannot do, and helping to enable worship that renews and inspires.

Those who sing, pray twice

At Holy Trinity, we use music in varied ways to enable all present to take part: fully, consciously and actively.

Some of the music is unaccompanied, allowing the natural beauty of the human voice to be heard.

Some is led by the organ or by other instruments when the Music Group leads the singing.

Our main hymn resources are Common Praise, Sing Praise, Hymns for Prayer & Praise, Common Ground, Church Hymnary 4 and other contemporary publications, which provide valuable input.

Resources

At Holy Trinity, we have:

  • a congregation who love to sing and are responsive to new texts and tunes, often unaccompanied
  • a music group (4 – 6 in number, aged 10 to 50s) leading the music for all-age worship and other special occasions, featuring strings, flute, guitar, piano and occasional light percussion
  • a dedicated, small choir (8 – 14 in number, aged 19 to 60s+) singing musically, mainly in unison, although with some harmony parts, using RSCM’s Voice for Life choir-training programme
  • an Organ Student, shared with St Mary's, Dunblane
  • a very experienced Director of Music (pastoral musician, organist and choir director), in post since April 2012

Our building

  • versatile and adaptable for different types and styles of worship
  • used as a local RSCM centre for workshops, training and other musical events
  • used for concerts and recitals

We currently use the following keyboard instruments in the church:

  • a large pipe organ with a good range of sounds suitable for leading, accompanying and performance pieces (in need of work – and funds!)
  • a grand piano in the south transept, on loan from Director of Music
  • a grand piano in the choir vestry, gifted by the previous Organist

Musical resources are drawn from a range of publications as well as various contemporary worship songs and chant psalm settings by the Director of Music.

RSCM logo

Holy Trinity Church is affiliated to the RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) and uses its training program Voice for Life to enable its singers to enhance their musical and liturgical skills.

Over the last few years, the church has become a training centre for RSCM Scotland, with events for young people, music-reading skills and singing award exams.

Music team

Alistair Warwick Director of Music
Sarah and Alistair Shaw Music Group co-leaders
Ulrike Wutscher cantor and soloist
Laura Buxel Organ Student
Christoph Wutscher occasional organist

Malcolm Allan† played for our Friday morning Eucharist and other occasions over a period of 20 years. We are most grateful to him for his loving dedication and service.
May he rest in peace.

More details of the Music team

Instruments

The church currently has two grand pianos and a fine three-manual pipe organ, rebuilt in 1981.

History of the organ and its specifications at the 1935 and 1981 rebuilds (PDF)

Holy Trinity Church, Stirling: organ console Holy Trinity, Stirling organ - pipe display

Two photos of the choir in the 1930s
The Choir of Holy Trinity, Stirling in the 1930s The Choir of Holy Trinity, Stirling in the 1930s

The choir on Sunday 21 August 2011
Choir A

back row: Chris Shields, Bill Munro, Jan Foster, Rachel Campbell, Mary Kenyon and Ann Lees
front row: David Page, Canon Dr Alison Peden (Rector) and Piers Jones (organist)

Two pictures of the choir, directed by David Page, on 4th December 2011

Music download
1929 Scottish Episcopal Church order of Compline, set to plainsong by Piers Jones (former organist and choirmaster) (PDF)

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Holy Trinity Scottish Episcopal Church
Albert Place, Stirling, FK8 2RG Scotland
01786 359821
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