Music is of the highest importance in our worship. We are very fortunate to have a team of talented people working together to provide music to enhance worship, lift the spirit and inspire the soul.

Most of our music is recognisably and traditionally Anglican, but we also enjoy music from a wide range of traditions: Taize chants; world music; praise songs; the traditional choral repertoire; solo instruments and solo voice. Recent composers whose work we have sung include Bouzignac, Britten, Byrd, Gabrieli, Part, Stanford and Tavener.

The Organ

church organ

The organ is a fine three manual instrument with 52 speaking stops originally installed by Conachers in 1908 but completly modified and rebuilt in 1983/4 by the local firm of Woods. The console is detached and situated on the south side of the church where it is easier for the organist to hear the sound and also to be in close contact with liturgical proceedings.

An extensive programme of maintenance and renovation of the organ was completed in Spring 2011.

The Organist: Mr. Stephen Smith

Stephen was appointed in September 2002. He has previously held two appointments in the Manchester area and was Organist and Choirmaster at St. Matthew’s Rastrick from 1969-1979. An English graduate, he has been involved in musical activities throughout his life and taken a special interest in organ and piano playing and Anglican church music.

Contact: 01422 375804 (home telephone)  07775 872995 (mobile) (e-mail)

The Choir

Music Director: Mr. Richard Quarmby

During the University term we have a fine choir including eight university students who receive paid bursaries.

As third year students will be leaving us in the summer, we anticipate we will have vacant bursary places in the next academic year. We welcome new singers to come and audition for our choir. If you are interested please contact Richard via the Parish Office.

Bell Ringing

The bells of the Parish Church are rung during major festivals and weddings to call people to worship, and to let people know that worship is going on at the heart of our town. We ring on most Tuesday nights at 7:30 but please check with the Parish Office to make sure!

The peal of ten bells was refurbished in 1995. All ten bells were re-hung with work carried out by Pembletons of Derbyshire.

This prayer was written for the event of the re-dedication:

“O Lord you have given us the skill of bell-ringing
Let each of us, as we ring, acknowledge the message they send
a message which proclaims your glory
a message which declares your love for all
a message that calls all to this place to learn more of the faith
that you have given to us. AMEN.”