The Parish Churches of Ranworth with Panxworth,
South Walsham, Upton and Woodbastwick

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Music and the choir

Music has always formed an integral part of life in our Parishes, as is witnessed by the record of pre-Reformation worship provided by the Ranworth Antiphoner. Our musical heritage is today encouraged and celebrated within the Churches and in the wider community, through participation in acts of worship, concerts and recitals.

The church buildings in our villages provide a wonderful resource of spaces for different musical events; from Ranworth Church, whose unusually large unsupported span provides a unique concert acoustic, to the centrally heated St Lawrence’s Centre for the Arts at South Walsham, which hosts a busy programme of regular concerts and recitals. Each Church has its own distinctive organ and St Lawrence’s at South Walsham has a Bluthner grand piano.

Our benefice choir, The Broadside Choir, is a high-standard SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass) choir, associated to the Royal School of Church Music, which rehearses weekly and sings at services in all of the Churches in the Benefice plus occasional concerts. New members are always invited to audition.

For further details of music in our Parishes, please contact us.

Stained glass musicians from St Mary’s Church, South Walsham - click for larger image

Stained glass musicians from St Mary’s Church, South Walsham

Medieval music from the Ranworth antiphoner - click for larger image

Medieval music from the Ranworth antiphoner