St John’s Music Programme
Music is an integral part of the church’s life, bringing the congregation together in worship through both singing and listening. When we sing, we pray twice: once with the words and once with the notes. When we listen, we can reflect on the sounds and texts that we hear and thus gain a deeper appreciation of both the music and what it means. We invite you to experience the music at St. John’s Norway in regular services, on special occasions, and at concerts in the church.
The Junior Choir is a new venture at St. John’s. Children aged 8-14 are invited to join the new choir at the beginning of the school year. The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6.00-7.15 pm and sings at services on Sunday mornings, meeting at 10.00 am to warm up and go over the music. The children’s choir focuses on giving choristers the foundations of a musical education: note reading, music theory, singing technique, and choral experience, all through learning and performing traditional music and hymns. The choir meets from September through June and sings at all regular Sunday services as well as at special occasions, such as Christmas and Easter. Prior musical experience is not required or expected. This is an excellent opportunity for any child who wants to learn how to sing, experience music from a performer’s perspective, and have fun with a group of choristers around their age.
The Senior Choir of St. John’s is the church’s main choral ensemble. The choir rehearses from 7.30-9.30 pm on Thursday evenings and sings at the 10.30 am Eucharist on Sunday mornings, meeting at 9.30 am to warm up. The choir sings music in a variety of styles and musical periods, focusing on traditional repertoire such as the music of Bach, Brahms, Duruflé, Elgar, Howells, Palestrina, Stanford, Vaughan Williams, and Willan. The choir is not auditioned, but music literacy is necessary, as are good intonation and a strong ear.
The organ in St. John’s Norway is a 2-manual mechanical action instrument made by Hutchings in the 1880s and refurbished by Stuart in the 1970s. The instrument has 18 stops, and the Swell is under expression. The organ was installed in St. John’s in 2017. Please see our photo gallery for images of the installation. The church is also fortunate to have a Gerhard Heintzman grand piano.