Church Music

St Luke's is recognised as having one of the leading church choirs in the country. The choir – and indeed the whole church – prides itself in continuing this ancient tradition that is part of our nation’s cultural heritage.

The Church has been fortunate to have had a strong choral tradition since its consecration in 1852.

The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.

Holy Scripture, indeed, has bestowed praise upon sacred song, and the same may be said of the fathers of the Church and of the Roman pontiffs who in recent times, led by St. Pius X, have explained more precisely the ministerial function supplied by sacred music in the service of the Lord. (#112) Sacrosanctum Concilium

THE ADULT CHOIR

The Adult choir is called at to sing at numerous events in the Church. Its principal function is to sing at the Sunday liturgies during term time, and other important dates in the liturgical year. The music used is drawn from many centuries and traditions. Much early music is sung, as well as Classical masses and motets, and more contemporary compositions. Plainsong, the cherished heritage of the Church is also sung.

The latest choir diary and music list can be downloaded here

The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings. If you are interested in joining, and wish to arrange an informal audition, or more information, contact the Director of Music, Michael Wynne.

THE JUNIOR CHOIR

A recent exciting addition to the music department is the foundation of a Junior Choir, open to boys and girls aged 6 and upwards. 

Singing is for everybody. It is a natural and fun part of everyday life. Interests and skills nurtured at an early age are carried through school, university and beyond. We are looking for new choristers from age 6 upwards who are keen to sing and eager to learn. Email Michael Wynne, or turn up one Thursday at 4pm!