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For centuries it has been the intention of the church community that the services should be presented with all due dignity and ceremonial. An important element was to be the music and from the time of the Oxford Movement changes in the church around 1879 the High Mass and Mattins and Evensong were sung on Sundays.    A robed choir was a major feature of the music provision, and this is the forerunner of the present main choir.

From the beginning the foundation of the music has been plainsong, the ancient music of the Church, sung in English and this is still used in the church today. Settings of the Mass are usually congregational, some written especially for St Andrew's and a wide selection of hymns is used. Choral Mass settings are frequently used on Holy Days.

The mixed adult choir has an extensive repertoire with the music of the English sixteenth century composers Byrd, Gibbons, Tallis featuring prominently along with their Continental contemporaries Palestrina, Victoria and others. Composers of later centuries to the present day also have their place. Several Directors of Music have provided many items for liturgical use including mass settings, responsorial psalms, and a number of anthems for particular occasions.
 
Do YOU know a boy or girl aged 7 or above who loves to sing?   Are you an enthusiastic singer yourself?
Contact the Director of Music:  email.


The Director of Music is always happy to talk to prospective Choristers and their parents at any time. Singing in a choir amounts to a free musical education. As a church affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) we use the RSCM's Voice for Life training scheme for choristers.

There are also opportunities for Sopranos, Altos, Countertenors, Tenors and Basses to join the Church Choirs : please contact the Director of Music.