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Music at Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity Church is pleased to introduce a limited number of chorister bursaries for young people joining the church choir. Holy Trinity Church will contribute towards the cost of private singing lessons during school term in return for singing in the choir at our Sunday and festival services. Further details can obtained from our Choirmaster and Organist, Derek Griffiin, who can be contacted via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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 Choirmaster, 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 (Choirmaster and Organist)

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.


What’s on

  • Sunday 19 August 2018, 6.30pm | Holy Trinity

    Songs of Praise 19th August 2018

    There will be a special Songs of Praise on Sunday 19th August at 6.30pm which will be followed by wine and cheese and raffle. All proceeds will go to the church restoration appeal. Please choose your favourite hymn. Further details will be published nearer the event.

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Thought for the Week 19 August 2018

Promises must always hold out a prospect of something above and beyond the ordinary and preferably unique. Otherwise the strand of joyful hope that marks a promise is missing. When Jesus promised to give us his Body and Blood, the hearers were incredulous as we read in today’s Gospel. Since they could not see how it could happen. They restricted the power of God to their own limited understanding of reality. The temptation is to retreat into our own world and accept only what we understand. The promise is that all who are nourished by the bread of life will live for ever. To risk all for this promise is the vocation of every follower of Jesus.

Canon Andrew

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Vicar’s letter for July 2018/August 2018

“God doesn’t have a holiday!

Working through a desk groaning with paper on a glorious sunny summer morning, I just happened to wish out loud that I was on holiday. However, I was soon reminded by a parishioner of the wonderful truth that God doesn’t have holidays.

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