The robed choir of St John’s has about eighteen singers on the roll at present, including some junior choristers. We sing an anthem every Sunday morning and at weekday evening festivals: the repertoire ranging from the 15th century to the 21st.
The junior choristers follow a scheme of training using the Royal School of Church Music’s ribbons, rewarding their growing musical and liturgical expertise. Former St John’s choristers have gone on to sing with distinction in University and college choirs across the UK, and we have started off boys who have gone on to be head choristers at Canterbury Cathedral and at Kings College Cambridge.
There is a traditional Nine Lessons and Carols service. Every year we do a full mass setting on St John’s Day as our Patronal Festival offering, when the choir is augmented by family and friends and supported by a small orchestra. Masses performed have ranged from Zelenka through Hummel and Bruckner to Kodaly, with a good sprinkling of Haydn, Mozart and Schubert along the way.
St. John’s Choir: Practices and Anthems
The choir meets for rehearsals as follows:
Thursdays: Children 6.30 – 7.00
Adults 7.30 – 8.20
Sundays: All 9.20am