Music in worship

Church - Music in worship - Celebrating in music

Music has always played a central part in the life of our church. There has been an organ here since before 1500; Handel and possibly even Mozart both played on the Schreider organ of 1727; and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields was founded here in the 1950’s by Sir Neville Marriner and the then Master of Music John Churchill. The breadth of musical activity at St Martin’s is astonishing.

As well as the regular pattern of music in worship, St Martin’s hosts three lunch time concerts a week, the longest running free recital programme in the UK, and at least three evening concerts each week.

The Church Music Department at St Martin’s has a wide and varied programme of activity covering the complete range of liturgical music from traditional Choral Evensong to developing music to work with interesting and creative contemporary liturgies. We strive for excellence in our music: the clergy, musicians and congregation are committed that music’s place is in the wider service of the liturgy of which it is part.

 

The Choir and Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields

 The Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields sings at the Parish Eucharist and Choral Evensong each Sunday. This is complemented by extra seasonal services – particularly during Advent, Christmas, Holy Week and Easter the Parish...

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Children’s Voices of St Martin-in-the-Fields

St Martin-in-the-Fields is delighted to announce our new choir, the Children’s Voices of St Martin’s.

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Occasional Singers and Taizé Music Group

Our Occasional Singers provide music at one or two services a term, whilst the Taizé music group perform in our monthly Taizé services.

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Visiting Choirs

At times when the Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields is not available, services in the church may be sung by other choirs, subject to approval by the Director of Music.

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The Organ

Organ music is central to St Martin's, but in order to maintain the quality of this superb instrument, the Walker organ is in need of extensive refurbishment. Since Handel and Mozart...

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St Martin’s Choral and Organ concerts

Experience our historic tradition of church music yourself with the Choir, Choral Scholars or Organ of St Martin-in-the-Fields.

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