Choir & Music at St Peter’s Parkstone

We are fortunate to have a dedicated and hardworking choir. We aim to sing to a high standard, but within this we are dedicated to catering for all levels of musical ability aged 6 upwards.

Our choristers are all encouraged and nutured through the Voice For Life (RSCM) Award Scheme, which provides a good framework to learn and develop your musical talents. As part of the Diocese of Salisbury, we have good links with Salisbury Cathedral where we participate in annual festivals and successful candidates are presented with their medals.

St Peter’s Parkstone has one of the best vocal acoustics in Dorset and as such is the perfect location to sing and learn music.

We are always looking to welcome new members. If you are interested, please contact us via the church office on 01202 749085.

Choir Practice

We rehearse every Friday, with the exception of Dorset School Holidays and the weeks immediately following Christmas & Easter.

Rehearsal Times
Choir practice starts at 6.30pm for all choristers.
Junior Choristers (ages 6-18) leave at 7.30pm, Senior Choristers leave at 8pm.

 

Music at St Peter’s

Our vision is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for musicians of all abilities. We have fantastic facilities, including a beautiful Yamaha Grand Piano and one of the largest organs in the South of England.

If you would like to play, please do get in touch! Contact Us…

 

The Lowly Candle Flame
See St Peter’s Choristers feature in The Lowly Candle Flame, written and produced by our Richard, our Director of Music. The film was also shot in St Peter’s Parkstone.

 


Director of Music

Our Director Of Music is Richard McLester, who has been Director since 2009.

He is a multi-instrumentalist, artist and composer, working from his project studio in Poole.

For full biography and more information about Richard as a musician, please visit: www.richardmclester.com

 

 

Organist

Our organist is Mr Beverley Manning, who has for many years been associated with St Peter’s Church, Parkstone. Whilst at school in Kidderminster, Beverley had organ lessons at Worcester Cathedral from David Willcocks and later Douglas Guest.

Having gained the diploma of ARCO, he won an Organ Scholarship to Downing College, Cambridge, eventually becoming a pupil of George Guest at St John’s College. He obtained the degrees of MA and Mus B at Cambridge and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, before becoming Director of Music at Canford School in Dorset.

On retirement from teaching he took up the organ again, playing for visiting choirs at – amongst others – Chichester, Winchester and St Paul’s Cathedrals.