Music at St Saviour’s

 

St Saviour’s has a very proud musical tradition, which dates back to the founding of the church in 1867. The provision of high quality choral music to support the liturgy has been the cornerstone of the musical life at the church throughout its more than one hundred and fifty year history.

 

The style of worship is based in the High Anglican tradition and the Clergy are meticulous in following its liturgy. As Director of Music, I see it as my responsibility to reflect this in the music.

 

The approach to the music itself is largely traditional, often with the use of long-established settings and Gregorian plainchant, which we use for the psalms and parts of the Mass.  Having said that, I am always on the lookout for new music; we are very fortunate to have connections with musicians at several cathedrals and leading colleges and I am very keen to promote their music here.

 

We have a choir of some fifteen very loyal choristers who work very hard to produce accurate and sympathetic renditions of everything that comes their way! Each Sunday we sing a setting of the Mass, a motet and we lead the congregation in the singing of the hymns and the psalms. Currently we are working on building repertoire for Choral Evensong and also preparing for singing the office of Compline.

 

I am always looking out for new singers so, if you are interested in joining us, please contact me.

 

Beyond the Sunday liturgy we offer several concerts throughout the year. Through the summer we have monthly lunchtime and afternoon concerts with local performers offering all kinds of high quality performances.

 

The church has a very fine Walker organ, which sounds truly magnificent and we frequently welcome some of the country’s leading recitalist who thrill us with some breathtaking playing skills.

 

The church is also very much in demand by local choirs, choral societies and orchestras as a concert venue. Apart from being an impressive and very beautiful building, it has a fabulous acoustic and really lends it self to some of the larger scale works.

 

Paul Collins

Director of Music