St Matthew’s Music in 2019

St Matthew’s Weekend 21/22 Sept

21st September – St Matthew’s Has Got Talent!

22nd September 9.15 Choral Service with new anthem on the St Matthew’s motto verse: ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain’

Music at St Matthew’s Sunday by Sunday

Praising God through music is a significant part of all our services. The 9.15 service has a robed choir which helps lead the worship in hymn singing and anthems. At the 11 o’clock service the music is led by a band and singing group, and includes a mixture of contemporary worship songs and traditional hymns.

The regular choir is augmented at the 9.15 service with extra singers on the first Sunday of each month to perform a four-part anthem during Holy Communion. The extra singers also join us for special services at Christmas and Easter, and for choral evensong services at cathedrals (along with the choir of St Andrew’s & St Mark’s). Recently we have sung at Southwark, Chichester and Winchester Cathedrals, and will sing Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral on Easter Monday 2020.

If you would like to find out more about joining in with the music, whatever your musical style or ability, please contact our Director of Music Simon Hancock at or via the Parish Office.

The Organ

St Matthew’s has a fine three-manual organ built by the Hedgeland at the time the church was built in 1875, and refurbished and enlarged by Leeds organ builder J J Binns in 1906. The instrument was rebuilt in 1962 by J W Walker & Sons, when a pedal trombone stop was added (an extension of the Great trumpet). Now with electro-pneumatic action, the console was moved from directly below the instrument to the Cantoris side of the chancel in the 1970s.

The stop list can be found here