The Choir of St John’s

– a space to share the joy of making music with others

For over 130 years people have made music in St John’s and now it’s your opportunity to accept the invitation…

The Choir

Choral music is a vital part of the liturgy at St John the Evangelist, Upper Norwood. The St John’s Choir offers music grounded in the Anglican choral tradition. It is a friendly, committed and welcoming group of volunteer and professional singers who perform music to a high standard.

How it Works

Under the current Organist & Master of Music, Lionel Bourne, the Choir meets immediately prior to services to rehearse and prepare. Regular Sunday services with choral music are:

  • 10.30am Mass – (Rehearsal from 9am)
  • 6.00pm Evensong & Benediction – 1st Sunday of the month (Rehearsal at 4.45pm)


There are other special services and occasions including:

  • Advent and Christmas Carol Services
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Holy Week
  • Saints Days

There is no regular midweek rehearsal but copies of the upcoming repertoire are always available for choir members to borrow.

There is flexibility for choir members to opt in and out of services, enabling a fair and realistic level of commitment.


Music varies from week to week but more substantial settings, anthems and choral works include:

  • Louis Vierne – Messe Solennelle
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams – Mass in g minor
  • Maurice Duruflé – Requiem
  • William Harris – Faire is the Heaven
  • Thomas Tallis – O sacrum convivium
  • John Stainer – I Saw the Lord

An Invitation to you

We are pleased to invite new members to join the St John’s Choir and would be particularly keen to encourage those who feel they have musical skills and gifts to offer. In return, membership of the Choir offers the opportunity:

  • To sing varied repertoire in the beautiful surroundings of St John’s church
  • To sing collaboratively alongside other able musicians, accompanied by the famous T C Lewis organ
  • To sing fine music within a liturgical context
  • To be part of a sociable and friendly group of people
  • To experience highly skilled musical leadership

If you are interested in joining the St John’s Choir, Lionel is keen to hear from you. Please email him [email protected] or contact the Parish Office [email protected]

Pictures: Andrew Moss

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