Music Department

Director of Music | Richard Brain

Richard has been Director of Music at Christ Church Southgate since February 2013. During this time, he has led the choir to sing at some of the UK’s finest cathedrals and abbeys. Under Richard’s direction the choir have expanded their repertoire to include liturgical works by the great Renaissance masters as well as perform an exciting series of Baroque and Classical oratorios. His responsibilities include directing and training the choir of adults and children for all sung services and concerts, as well as overseeing the administration of the music department.

As a freelance conductor, Richard’s is Musical Director of Barnet Choral Society, and Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society, with whom he performs a regular concert series throughout the year, and has conducted orchestras including the London Mozart Players and Amadeus Orchestra as well as the Baroque ensemble Musica Donum Dei. More recently Richard has been appointed as the Vocal Coach for the Twyford Church of England Academies Trust. Richard also volunteers as the Education and Training Officer for the RSCM London Area Committee, where one of his responsibilities is co-directing the annual RSCM London Area Young Voices Festival.

Notable works conducted include, Bach Mass in B Minor, Christmas Oratorio and St John Passion, Beethoven Mass in C and Fantasia in C for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Brahms Academic Festival Overture and Ein deutsches Requiem, Elgar The Music Makers, Handel Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Haydn Creation, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem, and Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony.

Richard studied Choral Conducting on the renowned MA Course at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded the Irene Burcher Prize in 2013. Previously, Richard was a Choral Scholar in Gloucester and then Exeter Cathedral Choirs, before singing as a Lay Clerk in St Albans Cathedral. As a singer in these choirs, Richard broadcast on BBC Radio 3, sang in the Three Choirs Festival, and recorded for the Naxos and Priory labels. You can find out more about Richard’s freelance portfolio by visiting, www.richardbrain.co.uk.

If you wish to contact Richard then please email music@christchurch-southgate.org.

Assistant Director of Music | David Hinitt

Assistant Director of Music, David HinittDavid Hinitt has been Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church Southgate since May 2005, after reading for a degree in Music and Sound Recording from Surrey University (Tonmeister). He is in great demand as one of the country’s award winning leading independent recording engineers working with many recording companies including Hyperion, EMI and Sony. In his professional career David specialises in recording choral and organ music, and has worked with many of the UK’s leading choirs including Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, Polyphony, Kings College Cambridge, Trinity College Cambridge and The King’s Singers.

At Christ Church, David is the choir’s primary accompanist for both services and concerts, playing a wide range of sacred repertoire from the past 500 years, including Bach B Minor Mass, Duruflé Requiem, Handel Messiah and Langlais Messe Solennelle. David also accompanies the choir for their regular cathedral visits around the country and has played the organ at many of the country’s finest cathedral including Ely, Gloucester and St Paul’s, as well as York Minister and St George’s Chapel Windsor. Previous solo organ performances have included Silent Film improvisation for Phantom of the Opera (1925) and the German expressionist science-fiction drama Metropolis (1927). David was awarded his ARCO in March 2016.

  • Sunday Services


    08:00 Eucharist
    10:00 Sung Eucharist
    18:30 Evensong

    Tuesday

    08:30 Morning Prayer
    17:30 Evening Prayer
    19:30 Eucharist
    20:00 Lent Course
    21:15 Compline

    Wednesday

    08:30 Morning Prayer
    11:00 Eucharist
    17:30 Evening Prayer

    Thursday

    08:30 Morning Prayer
    12:30 Eucharist
    17:30 Evening Prayer

    Friday

    08:30 Morning Prayer
    17:30 Evening Prayer

    Saturday

    08:30 Morning Prayer
    09:00 Eucharist