Music & Choir :: at a glance
Please click here to hear the Lock Down Choir which has five members of St John's Choir singing:
Rejoice Virgin Mother of God
Mary full of grace the Lord is with you
Blessed are you among women
And blessed is the fruit of your womb
For you have borne the Saviour of souls
Please click here to listen to St John's Choir singing 'Beati quorum via' by Stanford, recorded live during a service last year, and guest-conducted by John Challenger. Translation: 'Blessed are those that are undefiled in the way, and walk in the law of the Lord.' (Psalm 119, Verse 1).
You may also wish to download the anthem,'Glory be to God on high' by Harold Darke, recorded last year by our own St John's Choir, guest-conducted by John Challenger, with Richard McVeigh at the organ.
Please click here to listen to a virtual recording of the hymn 'Glorious things of thee are spoken', sung to the tune 'Abbots Leigh' by Cyril Taylor, with a descant by Andrew Fletcher.
Please click here to listen to a previous recording of the choir singing Herbert Sumsion's Magnificat in A.
Please click here to listen to Chris Totney performing the organ voluntary 'Allabreve in D' by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Please click here to download the anthem for Pentecost, recorded last year by our own St John's Choir, guest-conducted by John Challenger, with Richard McVeigh at the organ: 'How lovely are thy dwellings' by Brahms (sung in German)
Please click here to enjoy a video of the choir singing 'O sing joyfully' by Adrian Batten on their return flight from Latvia in 2018
Please click here to hear the latest Virtual Recording from St John's Choir: If ye Love me
Please click here to listen to our choir's virtual recording of This Joyful Eastertide
Please click here to view a photo collage of the choir members who took part in the recording
Please click here to read an article by Chris Totney on how the recording was made
Rehearsals The choir rehearses on Friday evenings - the younger members rehearse at 7.00pm before the adults join at 7.45pm, with everyone finishing at 8.30pm. On Sundays the choir rehearses at 9.30am for the 10.30am service- usually a Eucharist, with the exception of the second Sunday of each month, when it is Matins. At certain times of the year the choir sings at special services.
The musical tradition in worship at St John's is strong and Sunday worship is led by a choir of children and adults. Music is drawn from the full breadth of the English tradition from the 16th century to the present day.
Why Join the Choir?
"There is a huge feeling of satisfaction to be gained from the weekly performance of music which has been prepared to the highest possible standard. At the same time, it develops sight-reading, mathematical and communication skills and a tremendous sense of team spirit which, in turn, enables the entire church community to be drawn in and inspired by the combination of quality music and liturgy." Chris Totney