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St John's Choir

The Choir of St John the Baptist Church, Keynsham



Who are we? 

  • ..a worshipping choir

We may be from different faith backgrounds, or none, but we all share a love of church music and enjoy singing it in a worship setting.

  • ..a choir that’s part of a long tradition……..but always ready to try something new

Our repertoire spans all centuries from 6th to 21st, from plainsong to MacMillan.   Our extensive choir library reflects many styles of Christian worship music: Renaissance, Baroque, Victorian, Taizé, Iona, Rutter and Kendrick.

Occasionally we put on an oratorio-type concert, the most recent featuring a complete performance of Handel’s Chandos Anthem no.9 with St. John’s Chamber Orchestra.

We have sung choral evensong in many of the region’s beautiful cathedrals, including Bristol, Wells, Exeter, Salisbury and Gloucester.

Other choral highlights of the year include Nine Lessons and Carols and the Advent Carol service.

Several of our members also sing in other choirs such as Bath Camerata, Bristol Cathedral Consort, Chew Valley Choral Society, Bristol Bach Choir and Bath Choral Society.

  • ..a learning choir   

We are all on a musical pilgrimage together - all from different starting points. We are a non-auditioned choir.  No sight-singing ability is assumed, but the willingness to work at this and general vocal ability is essential

RSCM courses are available, as well as in-house training courses. Juniors work on the RSCM Voice For Life awards.

  • ..a friendly choir 

Our membership spans all ages, 6-90, and we are a friendly group of people who care about each other.  As well as singing, we have regular social events, and the choir (and friends) have enjoyed tours to Paris, Germany, Holland and Belgium. Our 2018 tour took us to Italy, singing in Orvieto Cathedral and the ancient churches around Lake Bolsena.

  • ..a committed choir

We rehearse on Fridays. 

Junior practice (with Choir Club activities): 6.15 – 7.30 pm; 

Adult practice: 7.30-9.00pm.


 New members are expected to attend on at least two Fridays before singing with the choir in a service – and to have come to at least one service as a member of the congregation.


We sing on Sunday mornings (9.30a.m. Sung Communion/Morning prayer, occasional 10.30 combined worship), and monthly choral evensongs.

Regular, predictable attendance is expected. Some members sing every Sunday while others commit to the monthly evening services and other special services.

Members have the opportunity to sing at weddings if they wish.


Choir Photos. Front cover, top to bottom:  Singing Stanford’s ‘Beati quorum via’ at the wedding of a former chorister in 2017; On tour 2015, Holland, with our organist Alison Howell; Outside Cologne Cathedral 2012.

Back, top to bottom:  Our conductor Chris Thomas; Our choir mascot; the choir on tour, Bad Ems, Germany.


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