Music at St John's

choir in the sanctuaryMusic has been at the heart of worship at St John the Divine for very many years. For the last forty years the music had been led by an adult choir alone. However, since the beginning of 2013, we have developed a boys’ choir and a girls’ choir. The adult choir still sings the majority of services, and the boys and girls sing as separate choirs once each in a month.

Repertoire covers a wide range of composers and musical styles, including mass settings and anthems by Renaissance composers from England, Italy and Spain. Classic English choral composers such as Howells, Vaughan Williams, Stanford, Byrd and Tallis, and the French composers Duruflé, Fauré and Vierne appear frequently on our music lists.


our youth choirs at mass 










Music list


May 2017

  • 24 Wed
    Responses Set Two - Brown
    Canticles The Cherubini Service -- Wicks
    Motet Fauré Ave Maria
    Girls' Choir
  • 25 Thu
    Ascension Day
    Introit Praetorius The Lord Ascendeth up on high
    Mass Gabrieli Missa Brevis
    Motet Phillips Ascendit deus
    Adult Choir
  • 28 Sun
    Mass Bourne Melbourne Service
    Motet Archer The Lord goes up with shouts of joy
    Adult Choir
  • 28 Sun
    Introit Praetorius The Lord ascendeth up on high
    Responses Reading
    Canticles Wood in D
    Motet Vaughan Williams O clap your hands
      Mozart Ave verum
    Adult Choir


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Music calendar

To see works previously sung by the choirs of St John the Divine, browse through the calendar of past services:



Music links

  • Choral Evensong - BBC Radio 3
    Experience the beautiful repertoire of Anglican church music with this weekly BBC broadcast
  • The Choir
    BBC Radio 3's weekly programme about choral music, hosted by Aled Jones