Whether traditional or contemporary, music is a large part of our worship. The 9.45 Sung Eucharist features our robed Choir singing traditional church music. The Extended Choir sings more elaborate music at special services and the monthly Choral Evensong. The 11.15 Contemporary service at St Peter’s Church features a worship band with electric guitar, drums and keyboard playing contemporary Christian worship songs.
If you are interested in singing in one of the choirs, please get in touch with our Director of Music and Organist, Peter Johnson. For the worship band, reach out to our SPARC Arts Coordinator, Tim Cook.
A regular service of Music Worship for Younger People is currently in development. This would explore forms of Christian spirituality through music, including instruments and singing. If you feel you can contribute to this imaginative new project, please contact Peter Johnson.
Our three churches are also available for concerts and other live performance events, such as the popular SPARC music and theatre events at St Peter’s Church, the visiting choir and orchestral concerts at The Church of the Ascension and the lunchtime Wednesday Concert Series at St Matthias’ Church [all currently suspended due to COVID]. We are hoping to resume our regular schedule in Spring 2021. If you would like to contribute to the lunchtime Wednesday concert series, e.g. an organ recital or a vocal or instrumental programme, please contact Peter Johnson. If you’d like to be informed when our SPARC concerts resume, please join the SPARC mailing list.
The Choir is a small dedicated group of singers who provide the music at the 9.45 Eucharist and form the core of the Extended Choir. We rehearse regularly at St. Matthias’ Church on Fridays 6.30 – 8 pm. We urgently need new recruits, so do please contact Peter Johnson, Director of Music, to explore the possibility of joining us.
Special note for COVID
During the COVID pandemic, the Choir operates under strict safety procedures to protect both its members and the congregation. These are comprehensively laid out in our Risk Assessment for Choral Singing.
The Extended Choir
The Extended Choir sings at our monthly Choral Evensong at 5pm on the second Sunday of the month at St Matthias’ Church, and at special services such as the Advent Carol Service and Nine Lessons and Carols. At Choral Evensong, we sing choral music from the cathedral tradition.
The Extended Choir invites other experienced singers, contracted per event. If you would like an invitation, please contact Peter Johnson, Director of Music, who will ask for a brief CV of your choral experience.
Special note for COVID
During the COVID pandemic, the Choir operates under strict safety procedures to protect both its members and the congregation. These are comprehensively laid out in our Risk Assessment for Choral Singing
Come join us at St Matthias' Church on Sunday 8th November for a very special Remembrance Day Choral Evensong.