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St Francis Parish Church is in the Anglican Choral Tradition, and as such (rather like Cathedrals) it has a dedicated choir, and a purpose built song school in which they rehearse.

The choir of St Francis of Assisi was established in 1935 when the present Church was built. 

There are around 30 trebles (boys and girls) and 14 men in the choir. Most of the juniors are drawn from Applecroft School in Welwyn Garden City, St Mary's School in Welwyn and children from the congregation families. Voice trials take place each November when the few places available are hotly contested! A great deal of commitment and dedication is expected of the trebles who, in return, gain a free musical education, develop a strong sense of responsibility, and experience a marvellous introduction to the treasury of church music. The men of the choir are all local and give their time to the Church freely.

 The choir sings at many other churches and cathedrals over and above the commitment it has to St Francis Church. In recent years visits have been made to Norwich, St Albans, Ripon, Peterborough, Portsmouth, St Asaph, Sheffield, Exeter, Winchester and Salisbury Cathedrals. We also sang an evensong in Romsey Abbey and Aldeburgh parish church.

Next summer, the choir will sing at Westminster Abbey and St Paul's Cathedral.