Music at Broadway URC
Music plays an important part in the worship at Broadway. We are one of very few churches in the area that maintains a four-part choir on a weekly basis. The choir not only leads the congregational hymn singing, but also enhances worship with regular anthems and sung responses when required.
A small instrumental Music Group led by Geof Owen contributes to worship on an occasional basis.
The organ is a focus for various other musical events during the year. An annual programme of Saturday evening Autumn Music ran for over 25 years from 1990 and included recitals, choral & orchestral concerts, Walsall Choral Society presents its Carol Concert and one other choral concert here annually. Other occasional concerts are also arranged, and from 2015 a short season of monthly Coffee & Cake organ concerts takes place during the summer on Saturday mornings involving guest (mainly young) organists of a professional standard.
Alan Taylor has been organist at Broadway URC for 50 years. He holds an Associate diploma from the London College of Music, and is a long-standing member of the Council of Birmingham Organists' Association. In 2017 he was appointed General Secretary of the Incorporated Association of Organists, following service on its Advisory Committee and then as a director & trustee of the charity.
In 1989, Alan was responsible on behalf of the church for commissioning a pipe-organ to replace a pre-digital electronic instrument. The resulting project, involving the use of redundant pipework and other components from several church organs in the locality, has resulted in a fine four-manual instrument of 51 speakiing stops and over 2700 pipes.