Music in the Church
Music plays a vital part of our liturgical life in the Parish. There has been a fine tradition of music making of a high standard over a number of years.
In our ever increasingly busy lives, music can often be very useful in illuminating those elements of our human feelings and spirituality that are fleeting, complex and difficult to understand. Music can help people to symbolically articulate their response to an experience or an emotion and to share their observations with others.
9.45am – Family Mass
The worship is led by a group of instrumentalists and singers. Here the emphasis is on informal music making. The group also encourages the many children who attend this service to join in!
11.00am – Sung Mass
Led by a mixed choir of adult voices, here the worship focuses on the fine tradition of Catholic music from the 16th - 18th Century. As well as English masses and Plainchant, the choir frequently sing Mass settings by Haydn and Mozart.
The choir rehearses each Sunday during term time from 9.00am to 10.45am. Rehearsals provide education, personal development and improvement through carefully chosen technical exercises for improved voice production and a range of repertoire selected to stretch perceived limits.
The choir also provides music for the major feasts.
12.15pm - Mass with Cantors and Organ
This mass is led by a Cantor and a small group of singers accompanied by the organ. A simple English plainchant setting of the mass is sung alongside traditional and contemporary hymns.
6.30pm - Mass with Music Group
This mass is led by a small group of singers accompanied by piano and instrumentalists. The focus is on the best of old and new music within the established repertoire.