Welcome to our new Director of Music and Organist – Ben Hunt
Ben studied piano with Carola Grindea and organ with Keith Wright, James Lancelot and Rosemary Field. He read music at Durham University and was organ scholar at The College of St. Hild and St. Bede. After graduating, Ben spent a year as a choral and organ scholar at Portsmouth Cathedral before embarking on a career in the City.
Before taking up the role at St. John the Divine, Ben contributed to the music as a singer, choir director or organist at various London churches on a freelance basis. These have included All Saints’ Fulham, St. Vedast-alias-Foster, St Paul’s Grove Park and Christ Church West Wimbledon.
The St John’s music list shows the anthems Ben has chosen – had we been able to worship in church – and there are links to some of our ‘lockdown anthems’.
Music at St Johns
The musical life of St John’s plays an important part in our worship and in the ministry of the church. Additionally the church is fortunate to benefit from having a fine – and quite unique – 1896 Beale and Thynne organ.
Choir practice takes place before the 11.00 o’clock Sunday morning service, starting at 10.00.
Our main Sunday Eucharist contains a selection of accessible music for the congregation including the mass setting, responsorial psalm and hymns. The choir normally sing a communion motet or anthem from a wide range of musical styles. For midweek services such as Corpus Christi the mass setting may be sung by the choir. When there is a Team service, the choir are joined by singers from the other two choirs in the Team Ministry.