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Music at St. John's

Music plays an important part in worship and life at St. John’s.

Timothy RiceDirector of Music

Timothy Rice ARCO ALCM was appointed Director of Music in September 2015, bringing with him almost 40 years’ experience in Church Music.  He gained his Associateship of the Royal College of Organists in 1989 and has been a parish church organist since the age of 13.


A robed, enthusiastic and capable 4-part choir sings at Sunday services, as well as at weddings, funerals and other occasions as required throughout the year.  At their disposal is an extensive music library containing a large selection of choral music, much of which is already within the choir’s repertoire.  At occasional services throughout the year, we join forces with the choir from St. Mary's and other neighbouring parishes, singing together at either St. John's or St. Mary's, to make good music in worship together.

Choir Practices are on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm for about an hour. We are actively seeking to add new members - ladies, men and children - to the existing choir;  this will help us to broaden our horizons on to an even wider repertoire, so please contact us by email if you are interested.


Timothy Rice at the organ of St. John's, BoldreThe organ at St. John’s is a 3-manual electronic instrument, installed in 1989, replacing a pipe organ which was located in the bell tower below the bell chamber. 

It is an extremely versatile instrument, having the capability of being turned into any one of five different instruments:

  • Henry Willis organ at Hereford Cathedral
  • A two-manual Brindley & Foster organ at St. Anne’s, Moseley in Birmingham
  • and other organs from Austria, Poland and Slovenia.


It is well capable of supporting singing at all services, as well as having the ability to be an excellent recital instrument.






Current Music List 

Music List - Mar 2024






Wedding Music

Wedding ringsIf you are planning on getting married at St. John's, please visit our
Wedding Music at St John's Boldre page where you will find
lots of help and suggestions for choosing your music.



Concerts and Recitals

Throughout each year, there are concerts and recitals featuring talent from the local area as well as from afar.


Date and Time Event
Fri 22 Mar 2024 7.00pm Romsey Singers
Tickets on the door
Fri 3 May 2024, 7.00pm Organ Recital - Martin Penrose
Free Admission - Retiring Collection
Fri 7 Jun 2024, 7.00pm Gregory Steward, Tenor
Popular Classical Favourites and
Songs from Musicals
Tickets £12 or on the door
Sun 23 Jun 2024, 6.30pm St. John's Patronal Evensong
Wed 3 Jul 2024, 7.00pm Walhampton School Chapel Choir
"Music for a Summer Evening"
Free Admission - Retiring Collection
Sat 20 Jul 2024, 7.30pm

Cantaras Ladies Choir
“Why We Sing”
Tickets £10 Pilley Shop
or on the door

Sat 7 Sep 2024, 4.00pm Boldre Church Concert
Free Admission - Retiring Collection
Sat 28 Sep 2024. 4.00pm Organ Recital - Timothy Rice
Free Admission - Retiring Collection


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