At St Martin-in-the-Fields, we are proud of the vocal ensembles that are nurtured within our walls. Our liturgical music making is led by our Choir, Community Choir and Children’s Voices. We have two choral training programmes, our Choral Scholarship scheme and St Martin’s Voices Fellowship programme. Our programme of cultural activity is led by our professional vocal ensemble St Martin’s Voices. St Martin’s Chorus perform at many of our choral concerts.

Ensembles

St Martin’s Voices is one of London’s most versatile, professional, vocal ensembles. They sing for concerts, broadcasts and special services at St Martin’s and beyond, perform alongside the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, London Mozart Players, Southbank Sinfonia and Will Todd Ensemble, and have toured to the USA and South Africa. They regularly feature in BBC broadcasts including Radio 3 Choral Evensong and Radio 4 Sunday Worship. In response to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, St Martin’s Voices have extended their digital recording projects, sharing regular online Great Sacred Music and concerts, as well as featuring in the Church of England online worship resources that have attracted more than 1 million downloads across digital platforms.

The Choral Scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields have an essential musical role at St Martin-in-the-Fields.  Each year up to ten scholars – many of whom are music college students or graduates – are appointed to sing at midweek services at St Martin’s, and our partner church in the city, St Stephen Walbrook, during term time. They also gain concert experience through our lunchtime and evening concert series, and benefit from an extensive programme of training in different aspects of church and choral music.

The Choir of St Martin-in-the-Fields, our principal voluntary liturgical choir, joins with clergy and laity in leading our worship on Sundays and at significant festivals in the church year including Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. It strives to be amongst the leading voluntary church choirs in the UK, performing a wide liturgical repertoire on a regular basis to a high standard. As well as its busy programme of church services, the Choir gives occasional concerts at St Martin’s and in recent years has toured to Paris and South Africa, as well as visiting UK cathedrals including Liverpool and Canterbury.

St Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Choir is an engaging and aspirational chamber choir, drawing from a pool of around thirty singers, performing both major choral works and more intimate, small-scale works. Recent concerts include Mendelssohn Elijah, Brahms Requiem, Rachmaninov Vespers and Copland In the Beginning and the première of Will Todd’s Passion Music.

The Children’s Voices of St Martin-in-the-Fields was formed in 2014 and has quickly become an integral part of the St Martin’s musical community. This choir of 7-13 year-olds has joined our existing ensembles to regularly enhance our music-making at church services and concerts whilst providing invaluable musical training for its young singers.

Our Community Choir aims to advance the culture of enthusiastic participatory congregational music at St Martin’s, worshipping and gaining enjoyment in a pressure-free environment. Drawn from the St Martin’s community and beyond, the Community Choir sing two or three services a term, plus occasional choral workshops and other activities.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for other of our voluntary ensembles, please complete the appropriate form and email it to choirs@smitf.org. Applications are welcome at any time.

To register for information about future audition opportunities for our Choral or Organ Scholarship schemes or St Martin’s Voices, please email choirs@smitf.org.