St. Jude's Choir - Over The Years

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Photograph: St. Jude’s Choir - June 1979

In the front row of the photograph are, left to right: Albert Eckersley, Bernard Jennings, Vera Winstanley, Brenda Leach, Carolyn Leach, Neville Leach and Ted Travis.

Back row, left to right: Mary Cunningham, Nellie Carter, Lillian Jennings, Mary Lynch, Joan Eckersley, Angela Cowell, Hilda Webster, Teresa Leonard, Fr. Michael Cronin PP, Norman Rogers and Jim Leonard.

 

The three young South Africans in the photo’ were students who were staying in Worsley Mesnes and who had a love of music and of singing at Mass. Sadly, having completed his studies in this country, one of the students was killed in a car accident on his way home.

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ver the years, members of our choir here at St. Jude’s have, inevitably, come and gone. Sadly, five regular choristers who appear in the photograph above are no longer with us, but it is interesting to note that four others are still singing with gusto and, it would seem, thoroughly enjoying it.

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In the last thirty years or so, a number of different organists have played for us – most of them living outside the Parish. One young man, who was quite an accomplished organist, used to play at Wigan Parish Church each Sunday morning. He was not a member of St. Jude’s, but lived in the vicinity, and often, in response to a phone call, would rush from the service at the Parish Church to accompany our choir, here at the 12.00 noon Mass.

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For the past few years, Kathleen Johnson, who also lives outside the Parish, has become our resident organist.

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After a few recent lean years, new members have gradually joined the choir and there are now eight ladies and five or six gentlemen who regularly sing at the 10.30 a.m. Sunday Mass. Of course, new members would still be most welcome – particularly young teenagers – so, if you enjoy singing, why not come along and add to the volume? You would find it most enjoyable!

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In the early years, the choir sang at all services, including the Stations of the Cross, Benediction and at Holy Day Masses, so members were very involved and committed. A few of the ladies were asked to sing at a number of weddings and two or three still lead the singing at Requiems.

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Parishioners often make special requests for favourite hymns to be sung. One young man, in particular, frequently asked for a certain hymn to Our Lady to be sung for his mother, and never left the church without thanking the choir.