Music

St John’s Wood Church has a strong musical tradition, and an unusually fine organ for a parish church. The organ is the subject of one of our Bicentenary projects, to ensure that it continues to support our worship for decades to come.

Angels playing musical instruments surround St John's Wood Church, in an image from an "Exsultet" scroll created by former curate Fr Owen Dobson
The Church Choir, which normally sings at the 11 am Sunday service, is made up of an octet of professional singers. They sing a range of different mass settings and anthems appropriate to the liturgical year, with a greater selection of music during festivals (especially Christmas). Details of the music used in forthcoming services can be found on our calendar, while you can get more information about the choir by emailing the Director of Music, Michael Cayton, or by calling him on 020 7278 2639.

St John's Wood Chamber Choir in the gothic choir of Southwark CathedralThose who simply enjoy singing, of any standard, are welcome to join the Chamber Choir, a group of enthusiastic amateurs who sing Choral Evensong approximately once a month, as well as at special services for Advent, All Souls and Palm Sunday. With a repertoire stretching from music of the 16th Century through to contemporary anthems and responses, the choir has sung at Southwark Cathedral (as you can see above!) and has been the guest choir at other parish churches. The Chamber Choir sings under the direction of Michael Cayton, the church’s Director of Music (see above). The Chamber Choir is singing Choral Eucharist at 11.00am on Sunday 17 January, as well as Choral Evensong at 6.30pm on Sunday 31 January.

The choir’s manager is Judy Booth, who says:

Chamber Choir manager Judy BoothI am always interested to hear from those wishing to join the choir, and we currently have vacancies for sopranos, tenors and basses. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings at 7pm, and Michael’s sense of humour means that serious practice is interspersed with jokes and lots of laughter.
If you would like to know more about the choir please contact me by email or on 07961172904.

We also host a number of concerts in the church every year. Details of scheduled concerts can be found in the calendar.