Music at Christ Church

Welcome

Christ Church Southgate is home to north London’s finest voluntary liturgical choir. With over 40 singers, both young and old, the choir can be heard singing at least twice a week on Sundays at both the Sung Eucharist and Choral Evensong, as well as on major feast days. They are directed by their Conductor, Richard Brain, and accompanied by the Organist, David Hinitt, or Associate Organist, Kate Macpherson. Our choir are passionate about music, proudly keeping alive the tradition of singing a full Choral Evensong on a weekly basis. In 2017, the choir were joint runners-up in the OUP 2017 Advent Carol Competition.

You can view further videos of the choir by clicking here.

Rooted at the heart of the community, the choir’s purpose is to help lead the congregation in worship and support the liturgy with music, a role that it has fulfilled since the church was founded over 150 years ago. The mixed gender Adult Choir performs a wide range of sacred music written over the last 500 years including renaissance polyphony by Byrd, Palestrina, and Tallis, through to twentieth century and contemporary works by Howells, Leighton, Rutter, and Vaughan Williams. You can see details of the music we perform by clicking here. The adults are augmented on two Sunday mornings a month and on other special occasions by the junior Chorister section of children aged between 7 and 15.

The Organ

The Christ Church Organ was built by J W Walker and Sons in 1870. It was subsequently enlarged to a three manual instrument in 1947, and was restored with new keyboards and pedal board in 2016. The Organ can be heard at both Parish Eucharist and Choral Evensong, and organists are available to book for weddings and funerals. The Organ’s specifications can be found here.

Concerts and Tours

The choir will be touring to St David’s this summer, and to Venice in 2019 to sing Sunday Midday Mass at St Mark’s Basilica, as well as other major churches. Upcoming UK cathedral trips include St David’s and St Paul’s Cathedral later this year. The choir stages at least two concerts a year, including performances with orchestras. Recent choir away trips have included singing services at St George’s Chapel Windsor, Westminster Abbey, and Ely, Norwich, Peterborough, St Paul’s and Winchester Cathedrals. The choir’s last extended tour was in August 2016, when it sang services at St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire. 

Membership

Christ Church Choir is an ambitious, dynamic and thriving place to sing. The Director of Music is always interested to hear from potential new singers to join our ranks and we are interested to hear from singers in all voice parts. In addition the choir is able to award up to two choral scholarships every academic year to students in full-time education or on a GAP year. You can find out more about these scholarships on our Choral Scholarships page. The high musical standards and professional ethos of the choir would particularly suit singers who have previously sung in a university chapel, cathedral or large parish choir or currently sing is a chamber choir. In addition to being musically ambitious, the choir has a strong sense of unity and team work, enjoying spending time together making music.

 

The choir’s latest CD of choral classics, The Heavenly Architect.

To find out more about our adult and junior choirs please follow these links:

Adult Choir

Becoming a Chorister

Sixth Form Singers

 

  • Sunday Services


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

    Tuesday

    08:30 Morning Prayer
    17:30 Evening Prayer
    19:30 Eucharist

    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