Music at Christ Church

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 Parish 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. You can hear a recording of the choir singing Noble’s Magnificat in B Minor by clicking here.

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 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 choristers aged between 7 and 15.

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 by request for weddings and funerals. The Organ’s specifications can be found here.



Recent choir away trips have included singing services at Ely, Norwich, Peterborough, and Winchester Cathedrals, as well as St Paul’s Cathedral, York Minster, Tewkesbury Abbey, and Westminster Abbey. The choir’s last extended tour was in August 2016, when it sang services at St David’s Cathedral in Pembrokeshire. There are plans to return to St David’s in 2018, and then to tour in Venice in 2019. Upcoming UK cathedral trips include Winchester Cathedral and two visits to St Paul’s Cathedral in 2018, in addition to singing for the first time at St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The choir stages at least two concerts a year, including performances with orchestras.

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

The Director of Music is always interested to hear from potential new singers and 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. There is currently a vacancy for a tenor and bass, as well as a soprano. You can find out more about these scholarships on our Choral Scholarships page. The high musical standards and professional ethos of the choir would suit singers who have previously sung in a university chapel, cathedral or large parish choir.

To find out more about the choir please follow these links:

Becoming a Chorister

Senior Choristers and Sixth Form Singers

Adult Choir

A video of the choir singing can be found by clicking here.

 

  • Sunday Services


    8am Eucharist
    10am Sung Eucharist
    6.30pm Evensong

    Tuesday

    7.30pm Eucharist

    Wednesday

    11am Eucharist

    Thursday

    12.30pm Eucharist

    Friday

    9.30am Morning Prayer
    5.30pm Evening Prayer

    Saturday

    9am Eucharist