Interested in joining the choir and/or training with Voice for Life (RSCM scheme)? Details Here
Our current Organist and Director of Music, Adam Wilson, is leaving to take up a post at Peterborough Cathedral
This means we have a vacancy for a Director of Music from mid-August 2018 Details Here
Music at St Ninian’s
The choir has an extensive, and ever expanding, repertoire of anthems and services which includes music from the 11th to the 20th century. In addition to the Eucharist the choir sings at a series of termly Choral Evensongs, and at other services including the carol service and a devotional offering during Holy Week.
The choir normally rehearses on Thursdays from 7.00 - 9.00pm and on Sunday mornings from 9.25am, and is made up of devoted and hardworking volunteers. New members are also welcome - the only requirement being a love of singing. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
With appropriate anthems and introits, hymns and seasonal organ voluntaries and interludes, the Director of Music and choir at St Ninian's seek to express the beauty of holiness implicit within the church's liturgy.
Our thanks and best wishes to our Organist and Director of Music for the last two years as he leaves to take up posts in Hong Kong
Jonathan Yip: Organist and Director of Music at St Ninian’s, September 2014 - August 2016.
Jonathan comes from Hong Kong, a land of subtropical humidity and therefore also of a scarcity of pipe organs. He started formally learning the organ in the summer after he had sat the equivalent of our GCSE exams; living and practising for long hot hours in the factory where electric organs are assembled.
In the autumn of 2008 Jonathan moved to the UK to study for his A-Levels, becoming a boarder at The King’s School, Canterbury, where he had organ lessons with John Robinson, then Assistant Organist at Canterbury Cathedral; and where he made the switch from the Sciences, and Programming, to History and English, which opened up a whole new world. In addition to a growing list of composers, Jonathan discovered the delights of Donne and the metaphysical poets, and became immersed in both over the next years.
In 2009 Jonathan won the Open Class Prize in the Kent County Organ Festival. He was subsequently awarded an Organ Scholarship at Cambridge, first spending a gap year working as the Sub-Organist at St John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong, and as a volunteer translator for Plan International. At Cambridge, Jonathan read English at Robinson College and directed the chapel choir. Jonathan also started learning the harpsichord and frequently performed in the weekly Music Society Concerts at the College as continuo player or accompanist. He collaborated with a close friend, and fellow musician, Felix Yeung, to translate, adapt, and typeset the world’s first Cantonese version of the Graduale Romanum for Anglican use; and during vacations he would sing with Konzertisten a choir founded by Felix in Hong Kong. Among many notable performances were the Asian première of Chilcott’s Requiem, together with Rutter’s, under the baton of Nicholas Cleobury, Bach’s B Minor Mass, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Handel’s Israel in Egypt.
Jonathan accompanied the Chapel Choir on end-of-year tours in Europe extending still further his repertoire across a range of musical traditions. The final tour to Italy concluded with a concert in the Catholic University of Milan, and, sadly, coincided with the death of Jonathan’s father. After attending Graduation in Cambridge Jonathan returned to Hong Kong to conduct his father’s funeral.
Uncertain, now, what path to take Jonathan happened upon the vacancy for an Organ Scholar at St Mary’s Cathedral, combined with duties at St Ninian’s. After nearly two years as our Director of Music his final Sunday Service is on 21 August. During all that time he has earned the respect and admiration of our little choir, and of the whole congregation, for his commitment to us, for his expertise and flair at the keyboard, and for his winning smile.
Based on an article by Jonathan in St Ninian’s magazine March 2015