The main purpose of the  choir at St. Botolph's Church is to help lead the worship at our weekly Sung Eucharist services.

We are a robed choir with associations with the Royal School of Church Music, and a number of our singers have taken R.S.C.M awards.

Since February, nobody has been in overall charge of directing the music at the church, but the churchwardens are pleased to announce that Philip Bailey has now been appointed as Organist/Choirmaster for St. Botolph's Church.

Philip, who has been one of our regular visiting organists over the past few months, will take up the post fully with effect from January 2018, although the appointment runs from October 1st 2017. Philip is already taking the regular Friday choir practices, but is unable to play on Sundays each week until the New Year, due to prior commitments.

Until December, Philip will share organ-playing duties with Richard Baker who has very kindly been playing for us fortnightly during the months without anyone in charge of directing music at the church.

We have been immensely grateful to Philip and Richard, to Tony who has frequently conducted us and to Martin, who has organised all the music lists during our time without an organist/choirmaster. We have done our best to carry on as much as normal as we could since February and are now hoping for a more settled period for the choir.

Choir practices are held each Friday starting at 7.30pm and lasting, usually, for about an hour and a quarter. At present, the group is an adult choir (usually of between 10 and 15 voices) and Philip is keen to recruit new members in all voice parts - soprano, alto/counter-tenor, tenor, bass. Some level of sight-reading is required, but do come along on a Friday and give us a try (entrance via rear entrance on Manor Road, Worthing). If you are interested and would like further details, please - for the time being - contact Martin on 01903 202036 or email

In the past, St. Botolph's choir has visited local cathedrals at Chichester and Portsmouth to sing evensong when the Cathedral choir is on holiday; visited local care homes to sing Christmas, Easter and Harvest music for residents who are unable to attend the church due to infirmity, and sung at least two concerts a year at St. Botolph's. At the end of August 2016, the choir paid a three-day visit to sing services at Worcester Cathedral
For further information about the choir please contact
Martin Didymus, choir librarian, on 01903 202036 or email