a tradition of musical excellence that stretches back to
the consecration of the Church, the present Choir of St
Matthew’s consists of boy and girl Choristers aged
between eight and eighteen who are supported by a
dedicated team of mixed male and female adult singers on
the back row of the choir stalls. The large repertoire
of the choir enables it to enhance the worship at St
Matthew’s on a weekly basis and perform music to an
exceptionally high standard to the Glory of God.
The Choir sings two services most Sundays in term time,
in addition to which they have been involved in television
and radio broadcasts, most recently on BBC4, and made
commercial recordings, the latest of which was released
in 2013. The Choir also pays regular visits to
Cathedrals up and down the country to sing services,
most recently Peterborough, Bristol and Leicester, as
well as performing concerts at
St Matthew’s and enjoying social events together. The
Choir undertakes a week-long tour during August each
year, to St Davids (2012), Portsmouth (2013) Carlisle
(2014), Exeter (2015) and in 2016 to Chester.
The Church choir is supported by the newly-founded St
Matthew’s Singers, an adult voluntary choir, who sing
for the Choral Mass on Feast-days. The repertoire of
this choir is constantly increasing and developing and
exciting plans are afoot for the years ahead, including
concert performances of
St Matthew’s commissions.
The entire music department is overseen by a Director of
Music, Parish Organist and Organ Scholar.