I WILL SING UNTO THE LORD AS LONG AS I LIVE
psalm 104 v.33
Music has always formed an important part of worship at St John’s and since its foundation the church has always aspired to support music of the highest quality within liturgy.
ST JOHN’S CHOIR
The choir is made up of volunteers of all ages, who enjoy singing and the challenges of performing some of the finest music ever written to the very highest standards possible.
The choir sings at the 10.00 am Service every Sunday, and Choral Evensong once a month, on the Second Sunday. The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7.15pm until 8.45pm, and for an hour before each service.
The choir performs settings, psalms, antiphons, anthems and motets at ever service and is proud to continue the ancient tradition of regularly singing plainsong within the liturgy.
In addition to performing each Sunday the choir performs Carol Services in Advent and at Christmas, and at liturgies on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Eve. The choir also takes part in an orchestral performance of Faure’s Requiem on All Souls Day.
New members are always welcome: sight reading skills are desirable but by no means essential. The only requirement is a love of singing and the ability to sing in tune.
St John’s is extremely proud of its choral programme which gives local children access to a free musical education rarely found outside of specialist music schools:
St John’s also runs a junior choir for boys and girls, aged 7 – 13, which rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 5.00-6.00pm. The choristers support the adult choir and sing with them on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the 10.00am service of Solemn Eucharist. This group gives talented and enthusiastic musical youngsters an opportunity rarely found elsewhere. Further information is available here, New chorister information, or from the Director of Music. (Please note, unfortunately there is no Junior Choir at the moment, however, we will update the website when this changes.)
CHORAL and ORGAN SCHOLARSHIPS
The church supports six choral scholarships, worth $750 per annum, for student aged 14-23, who are drawn from local schools, colleges and universities. The church also provides funds for an organ scholar, worth $1,000 per annum: our first organ scholar was Hamish Wagstaff from 2012- 2014. Further information can be obtained from the Director of Music.
The first instrument in St John’s was installed in 1968 by Roger H. Pogson: this instrument contained six ranks extended to twenty-two stops. In April 2014 these ranks were augmented with digital stops by Ian Sell of Digital Pipe Organs, Australia, who also built a new console. The new instrument has three manuals and seventy-three stops. The organ was dedicated in May 2014 following a recital by the international-recitalist, David Drury.
Anybody interested in membership of the choirs or requiring any further information about the music at St John’s should contact the Director of Music, via the church office on 9971 8694 or at firstname.lastname@example.org