St Paul’s 11.15am
St Paul’s enjoys a strong musical heritage, including occasional services with orchestras and Evensongs.
Hymns and songs are selected by the clergy and Director of Music to fit the Biblical theme of the service and are generally traditional, with one or two contemporary, Gospel or African songs included.
There is a non-auditioning drop-in choir that meets before the 11.15 service on Sundays and fortnightly on Friday evenings, to sing introits and anthems, and provide a lead for congregational singing. We welcome guest singers regularly and enjoy presenting a larger choir for special seasonal services at Advent, Christmas and Easter.
The church houses an impressive 3-manual Norman and Beard organ: functional and colourful, but in need of restoration.
St Paul’s 5pm
The Five is much more informal than our morning services. The music is normally modern and played by a worship band. The are more times of extending blocks of singing than we have in the mornings.
St Saviour’s 9.30am
Music-making at St Saviour’s is highly inclusive and informal with an aim to encourage all ages.
There is a diverse music group of about 15, with different combinations leading worship each Sunday depending on availability.
Usually this means guitars and drums, piano and strings or solo keyboard, plus a small group of singers. Young musicians of any standard are encouraged to join in; parts are written for whatever notes the player can play.
Songs, mostly contemporary but often with one more traditional hymn each week, are chosen by the clergy to fit the Biblical theme of the service. Words are on the service sheet or projector screen.
New songs are often introduced, sometimes something learned at summer camp.