Choir and Cantors
Unfortunately, the choir and organist are not allowed to lead services as usual during COVID-19; plans are being developed for the future.
Music has always played an important part in the liturgy at St Andrew’s. There has been a choir at least since the building of the present church in 1935 when a choir gallery was included in the design.
The Sunday 10.30am Mass usually has the most musical content, being led by an organist, a four-part choir and a team of four cantors. The Credo is sometimes sung in Latin and a motet is sung about once a month. The choir take a break during August and around school half-term holidays.
The Sunday 8.30am Mass usually has the services of a cantor and organ accompaniment, except during holiday times, with a sung Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation, and settings of the Ordinary of the Mass.
The Saturday 6.00pm Vigil Mass consists of hymns and simple congregational settings of the Ordinary with organ accompaniment (except at holiday times). At present we do not have a regular cantor at this Mass.
On Holy Days of Obligation that fall during the week, there is organ accompaniment, supported by available choir members, at the 10.00am Mass.
The church has a fine two-manual Viscount digital organ, installed in May 2008 with a custom-designed stop list. It is a versatile instrument, ideal for liturgical accompaniment and for playing the full range of organ repertoire.
For information about any aspect of the music at our church please Contact Us