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 from 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 by the junior choristers aged between 6 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.
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. Upcoming trips include return visits to Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral, and 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 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. 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.
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A video about music at Christ Church can be found by clicking here.