Choir and Music List

Here you can find out about St John’s choir, and the music we sing.

Who we are…

St John’s choir is an established voluntary group of enthusiastic music-makers. We welcome all voices, whether experienced or novice, and all voice parts: soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. We are always keen to welcome new members: there is no audition; simply come along to Sunday High Mass and speak to the Master of Music, or contact the parish office ([email protected]). All robes, books and music are provided.

What we do…

St John’s has supported a robed choir for many years, affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music. The choir provides support for the congregation and clergy by leading the sung and spoken parts of the mass and at evensong. We also offer more elaborate music during the festivals of Easter and Christmas. The music for services is grounded in the Anglican tradition (hymns, psalms, canticles, mass settings, motets) but there is considerable variety in what we offer, from Tudor composers such as Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Tallis, through to more contemporary figures like William Mathias, John Rutter and Bernadette Farrell. Music lists are uploaded to this page.

When we do it…

The choir meets on Friday evenings at 7pm for roughly 75 minutes to practise for the Sundays ahead and for special services; these might include those for Ascension Day, Ash Wednesday, Easter and Christmas. There are also short rehearsals on Sunday at 9.15am and 5pm in preparation for High Mass and Evensong. We are very happy for flexible attendance at practices so that everyone can manage other commitments. There is also a Junior Choir which rehearses weekly on Fridays at 5pm and sings once a month at High Mass. We are also looking for new Junior recruits.

Why we need you…

To be functional, choirs need people: it’s as simple as that. We are immensely proud of the work we do and we undertake our music-making seriously and with good humour. We also know that we are valued. If we could continue to augment our number, we would have the opportunity of broadening the repertoire and making the large spaces of St John’s resonate even more sonorously.

What next…

Visit St John’s on Sunday morning and hear us in action. There’s ample time over coffee to chat to choir members or to Richard Sutton, the Master of Music.

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