Music at St Michael’s

St Michael’s has one of the finest parish choirs in the area. We’re here to enhance the worship at St Michael’s by leading the congregation in hymns, anthems, and service settings, singing a wide range of choral music.

Our search for a new Director of Music for St Michael’s is being delayed by the current health emergency.

Watch this space for more news.

At this time of self-isolating and social distancing, it’s hard to keep singing, yet it is more important than ever. We’ve been doing our best to keep a choral sound available for virtual services, and to keep our own voices practising. Several virtual anthems have been produced for services since the first one we produced for Palm Sunday, 2020:

The virtual choir

This Joyful Eastertide

See the parish’s YouTube channel for more lockdown music pieces.

We intend to do more virtual anthems for both the senior choir and juniors over these continuing weeks while we cannot practise together. Keep safe and keep singing!

Have a look at our music lists to see what we do, and have done in times past!

In normal times, we sing every Sunday morning (other than holiday periods), and choral evensong twice a month. Younger singers (from school year 3, age 7 to 13) have a reduced commitment, usually singing two services a month during term time and at Christmas. Membership offers children a thorough vocal and musical education (see more here).


Pattern of services

Regular choral services at St Michael’s

First Sunday of the month Second Sunday of the month Third Sunday of the month Fourth Sunday of the month Fifth Sunday of the month
All-age Eucharist* Sung Eucharist Sung Eucharist* Choral Eucharist Sung Eucharist
Choral evensong Choral evensong
* services which younger singers are expected to attend

We rehearse on Wednesdays from 7.30–9.00 (6.55–7.45 for younger singers) and before services. The choir doesn’t sing at St Michael’s immediately after Christmas and Easter, or during the school summer holiday.

Join us!

We are always keen to hear from potential new members. Being part of the choir, with high quality music-making at practices and services, regular cathedral visits, as well as social and community aspects, is immensely rewarding. What does it involve?

  • For parents of children who might like to join, there is a separate page of information here.
  • For adults the regular commitment is
    • Wednesdays (7.30pm–9pm)
    • Sunday mornings (9.30am–11.15am)
    • Two Sunday evenings a month (5.45pm-7.30pm).

There is considerable flexibility to accommodate different working patterns, exam periods, university terms, etc.

We welcome students, whether at college or university, to come and join us when your in Southampton (whether that’s term-time or holidays).

St Michael’s Music Association has made some funds available to provide choral and organ scholarships, and music grants, to help students or other adults and children undertaking musical training. See this page for more information on scholarships and grants.

Adult members (of all ages) need to have some music reading skills, but previous choral experience or fluent sight-reading isn’t essential. We don’t audition, but once you’ve settled in there will be an informal voice test to make sure everything’s alright. We are very happy for you to come and check us out for a few weeks, before committing to every week.

If you’re interested, please email the acting Director of Music, or come to meet us at one of the services.