Music at St Andrew's
Music is an essential and exciting part of our worship at St Andrew’s.
The fact that we have a robed choir and that we belong to the modern Catholic part of the Church of England doesn’t mean that we’re old fashioned in our use of music in worship!
We believe that our worship should be modern and relevant to the realities of contemporary life but that it should also reflect something timeless and transcendent.
This is why we are more than happy to use any styles of music from Tallis to the modern worship songs in our hymnbooks. The only proviso we have is that the words and music should be of a good standard and not dreary or twee!
One of the things that can often make a genuine impression on visitors to St Andrew’s is the way in which people are genuinely encouraged to become involved in our choir or in our church orchestra/music group. Our Director of Music, Lee Halford, is someone who is passionate about giving people a chance to enjoy music and explore their own musical gifts and potential.
The result is both serious and fun, with young, inexperienced voices or instrumentalists being welcomed and genuinely encouraged by experienced and, in some cases, professional musicians.
All members of the choir receive training in both singing and in reading music: the RSCM training schemes are used, and all our young choir members are encouraged to take RSCM, local, diocesan and national awards.
In the same way everyone is welcome to join the Church orchestra which plays during our monthly All Age Mass, with the Director of Music writing different parts for people according to their individual abilities.