The musical life of St John’s plays an important part in our worship and in the ministry of the church. Our main Sunday Eucharist contains a selection of accessible music for the congregation and is also much enhanced by the contributions of the choir. Whilst relying on a body of ‘congregational’ settings of the Mass by former Director of Music Matthew O’Sullivan, Joseph Gelineau and James MacMillan, the choir often perform a choral setting at mid-week festivals and other occasions to further enhance the worship.
On a weekly basis, the dedicated four-part choir lead the singing of the congregation in the hymns and responsorial psalm, and offer a communion motet or anthem from a wide range of musical styles. On certain special occasions, the choir are joined by singers from the other two choirs in the team ministry. The Director of Music is always pleased to hear from people who are interested in joining the choir.
The church is fortunate to benefit from having a fine 1896 Beale and Thynne organ, which is currently undergoing restoration. The full organ specification is available here.
You can download a current Music List here.