Music events in 2017
Monday 10th April: 7.30pm At the start of Holy Week, a chance to immerse yourself in the spellbinding sound-world of a Russian Orthodox male voice ensemble that draws its singers from among the finest soloists in St Petersburg. The extraordinary resonance produced by the Hermitage Ensemble’s blend of voices ranges across the rich tradition of austere, sombre chants and more full-blooded and joyous folk songs, conjuring up the beauty and strength of the great Russian soul!
The St Matthew’s Choir will be taking part in several special events this year:
On Good Friday, 14th April, we will sing Passiontide anthems and motets during the final hour of the three-hour devotional service.
On Saturday June 10th we will be joining the choir of St Andrew’s & St Mark’s
this is open to all, and will be a chance to rehearse and perform this much-loved work.
On Saturday July 29th the combined choirs will sing Choral Evensong at Southwark Cathedral, and everyone is invited to come along to support them. They will also sing Evensong at St Andrew’s on Sunday 2nd July.
On Mothering Sunday, March 26th, the children’s choir will sing a special song at the 10.30 all-age service.
And as in 2016, the regular choir will be augmented with extra singers on the first Sunday of each month to perform a four-part anthem during Holy Communion.
This year’s service was very well-attended and full of joyful celebration, worship and contemplation. One of the high points, as ever, was the children’s choir!
Cobham Band concert Saturday 10th December
The Cobham Band gave us a wonderfully seasonal programme of Christmas favourites, and a new carol (The Stable Door) to sing along with. We will look forward to welcoming back the band in 2017.
The St Matthew’s choir recently joined forces with that of St Andrew & St Mark’s for two Choral Evensong services, one at St Matthew’s on September 25th, and the second at Guildford Cathedral on 1st October. The choir sang superbly and everyone enjoyed the experience. Impressions of the services by a member of the St Andrew & St Mark’s choir can be read here: sasm-choir-joint-evensong
The choir waits to process into the choir stalls at Guildford
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 11o’clock service the music is led by a band and singing group, and includes a mixture of contemporary worship songs and traditional hymns.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Parish Office.
St Matthew’s has a fine three-manual organ built by the Leeds organ builder J J Binns at around the turn of the 20th century. 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