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St. John's Choir performing in Lambrecht in 1981
Brahms: How Lovely are thy dwellings
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St. Johns Choir was founded in 1940.
They were taken on in 1960 by Geoffrey Winter B.E.M. where upon he inherited this small choir of boys (who couldn't sing but looked pretty) and a couple of men. He was under pressure to put on a good service for Harvest and so Geoffrey invited members of St. Wulframs School Choir, where he was Head of Music, to come and help sing. The men of the choir were so impressed that they asked them to come back every week which they did.
Over the years as the choir grew, it built up an outstanding reputation and have performed all over the country and around Germany.
Performance venues included Lincoln Cathedral, Southwell Minster, along with many local and village churches for services, concerts and weddings.
They toured Germany extensively between the years of 1965-1995 singing in churches and cathedrals in Zweibrucken, St. Augustine (Grantham's twinned town), Altenburg, and then into the former East Germany around Leipzig.
The choir won many competitions due to their outstanding musicianship and beauty of sound.
They took part in The Choir of the Year competition, and had had several finalists in the BBC Choirgirl of the Year competition. They also featured on BBC Radio Lincolnshire frequently over the years.
The choir has renamed and reformed as 'The St John's Winter Singers'. It is a very successful close harmony choir, still providing music for worship at the church, giving concerts, performing at events and competitions.
To see the choir in their next concerts and events and for more information, click here.
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