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 contribution of the choir. Whilst relying on a body of ‘congregational’ settings of the Mass by former Director of Music Matthew O’Sullivan, Gelineau, Thorne and MacMillan, the choir occasionally perform a choral setting at mid-week festivals and other occasions to further enhance the worship.
The small, dedicated choir lead the singing of the congregation in the hymns and the responsorial psalm on Sundays, and normally sing a communion motet or anthem from a wide range of musical styles. See St John’s music list. On certain special occasions, including Team services, the choir are joined by singers from the other two choirs in the Team Ministry.
Our Director of Music, Mark Laflin would be pleased to hear from people who are interested in joining the choir. You can contact him by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 07740 766333. Practices take place before the 11.00 o’clock Sunday morning service, starting at 10.00.
The church is fortunate to benefit from having a fine – and quite unique – 1896 Beale and Thynne organ, which has been restored in recent years.