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Music at Holy Trinity

The musical life of the church is very active, with the choir performing regularly during services. The photo above shows one of our visiting organists David Bruce-Payne.

The Choir

The choir sings at the 10am Parish Eucharist service every Sunday throughout the year, and also at special services. It aims to provide a mix of modern and traditional church music, and regularly sings an anthem, canticles, responses and psalms.

We rehearse every Friday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

We are always glad to welcome new members and we are particularly keen to recruit basses and tenors. An ability to read music is not essential, but a sense of humour definitely is! If you enjoy singing and feel tempted to give it a go, just come along to a Friday rehearsal and have a word with Derek Griffin, our director of music, or one of the choir members.

YOUR CHOIR NEEDS YOU! Please navigate to the “Whats On” page to read an excellent article written by one of the choir members on how the church might encourage more young people to engage in music, choral music and hopefully join the choir.

The Organ

We are fortunate to have a fine organ – a three-manual instrument with tracker action – built in 1903 by J W Walker, with a case designed by C E Pointing.

The organ was refurbished in 1986 by Bishop and White of Ringwood when the tracker action was lightened and additional stops provided. Visiting organists give recitals at the church from time to time.

Our Organists

Derek Griffin (Director of Music)

Derek’s earliest enthusiasm for music came as a young chorister and he went on to study piano under Evelyn Porter and Annie Warburton. While at college in Exeter he studied organ at Exeter Cathedral with Lionel Dakers. 

Derek started playing the organ at St Paul’s Weston-super Mare when he was still at College and when he moved to Weymouth, as head of music at All Saints School, he was also appointed in 1973 as Organist and Choirmaster at St Paul’s Church in Abbotsbury Road. In 1984 he became involved with the musical direction of Godspell at Holy Trinity Church and was invited by the vicar to stay on at Holy Trinity where he has been ever since!

Derek worked for the international examining board Trinity Guildhall from 2002 until 2016 and when he is not on the organ he still works for another awarding body as Chief examiner and moderator for Performance Skills.

David Bruce-Payne

David moved near Weymouth in 2003 from Birmingham where he was Senior Lecturer at Birmingham Conservatoire. David is a retired Cathedral organist and recitalist and has worked both in the UK and abroad.

It is with much pleasure that David now plays and helps out at many churches in Dorset.  He particularly enjoys supporting the musical scene in Weymouth and we are always pleased to welcome him to Holy Trinity.

Gary Smith

Gary started to play the organ after his voice broke.  At the age of 14 he became organist and choir master at St Cuthberts church Shustoke in Warwickshire. In 1985 he moved to be organist at St Leonard’s Whitacre. Gary has played at other churches throughout Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Cornwall, Middleton and at Cloyne Cathedral in the Republic of lreland.

In 1995 his business brought him to live in Weymouth and he played at various local churches until he was asked to assist at Holy Trinity. We are very pleased to have him as part of our Church family at Holy Trinity.


Derek Griffin (Director of Music)
Tel: 01305 772873

What’s on

  • Tuesday 1 May 2018, 12.01am | Holy Trinity

    Christian Aid Week 13 - 19 May 2018

    This year Holy Trinity is supporting Christian Aid Week in several different ways. You can help:

    I WITNESS - 30th April until 20th May 2018

    A photographic exhibition in Holy Trinity Church depicting Christian Aid’s work in Haiti. Continuing relief work and the provision of earthquake resistant homes is the focus for Christian Aid Week this year. Come and see the exhibition but help by giving up a little of your time to steward so that we can keep the church open and welcome as many people as possible to the exhibition.

    BIG BREKKIE - Saturday 19th May 2018 9 – 11am

    Join us for a delicious ‘continental style’ breakfast and meet speaker Fiona Daborn. Tickets £3.00

    BUCKET COLLECTION ON THE TOWN BRIDGE - Saturday 19th May 2018 10 – 4pm

    This was very successful last year. We need 2 people at a time to stand for 1 or 2 hours on the Bridge with a large collecting bucket and people will come to you to donate.


    It would be really good to continue this tradition as much as we can as it is a good way of meeting the people of the parish. If you are a regular collector and happy to continue please let us know. Marcia Headon and Linda Perry

  • Tuesday 22 May 2018, 7.00pm | Gracewell

    PCC Meeting 22 May 18

    7 pm The PCC Meeting will be held at the Gracewell Community Centre.

  • Monday 28 May 2018, 2.30pm | Hope URC

    Women’s Fellowship Meeting - A Talk on Optical Illusions

    This afternoon’s talk is by Mr Geoff Kirby on “Optical Illusions”.

    Meetings are held on the fourth Monday each month at 2 30 pm. We are a friendly group who welcome new members so do come and join us for fellowship and interesting afternoons with time for a chat over a cup of tea.

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Vicar’s letter for April 2018

“WE HAVE JUST completed the greatest celebration of the Christian year: the Feast of Easter. Now we hear the wonderful stories of how Jesus appeared to so many different people after his resurrection: proof indeed that, as he promised, he has risen from the dead. We are Easter people who share in the new life which Jesus has won for us and so we boldly say: ‘Alleluia, Christ is risen! He is risen indeed, alleluia!’.”

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