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 and service settings, and singing a wide range of choral music.

We are currently looking for a Director of Music. Click here for more details.

Have a look at our music lists to see what we do!

We sing every Sunday morning (other than holiday periods), and choral evensong normally 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).

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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?

  • If you are the parent 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 a great deal of flexibility to accommodate different working patterns, exam periods, university terms, etc.

We welcome students, whether at college or university. 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.