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
Being a chorister
Our younger choristers are paid monthly, based on attendance, as the church's way of thanking them for their considerable time and effort and, upon leaving, several have gone on to pursue music at university and beyond.
The choir gives at least one concert a year at St John's, and is occasionally called upon for various 'away' trips and is always looking for more opportunities to sing away from home.
Choristers also enjoy getting together socially with events including a summer barbecue to a bowling night in the winter, while, in addition, the youngsters have an annual treat all to themselves such as a pizza party.
Get in Touch
The Director of Music: Chris Totney is always interested to hear from people of all ages who would like to consider joining the choir. Please feel free to contact him at any time during the year on 01672 562886 or email firstname.lastname@example.org