St. Stephen’s has a choir of around 25 members, which includes people from all walks of life, including a number of students who sing with us while they are studying at one of the city’s universities.
The choir has built up an enviable reputation for leading cathedral worship, having been invited to sing in many of England’s cathedrals over the past few years. St Stephen’s Church Choir has also toured across Belgium, Germany and France. The choir has also been very privileged to have been invited to sing in Westminster Abbey, London on three occasions. Full details of the choirs trips can be found here.
St Stephen’s Church Choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music, and younger choristers work through the Voice for Life training scheme.
Rehearsals take place on Friday’s from 7:30 – 9:00 pm for the full choir (- 8:30 for Trebles)
The choir sing two services each Sunday: 10:30 am Sung Eucharist, with a seasonal setting of the Gloria (or Kyrie in Advent and Lent), Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei, and at 6:00 pm Choral Evensong, following a pattern of full choir, lower voices, and upper voices; most week’s the choir sing full settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis. The choir occasionally also sing for an evening Sung Eucharist on principle Feast Days.
Trips and Visits
As well as singing in St Stephen’s, the choir regularly sing services in cathedrals across the South of England, and in Europe. Coming up in the next year we are singing in:
- Canterbury Cathedral (Friday 25th October and Saturday 28th December 2019)
- Rochester Cathedral (Saturday 29th February 2020)
- Winchester Cathedral (Saturday 22rd & Sunday 24th May 2020)
- Exeter Cathedral (Thursday 6th – Sunday 9th August 2020)
For more details, see our trips and visits page.
Choir members also enjoy a good social life, with each Friday rehearsal ending in Ye Olde Beverlie – the pub over the road from the church. We have meals out and barbecues together regularly during the year and many of the choir take part in other church social activities too.