Adult Choir

There has been a long tradition of choral singing at St John’s and for the last 40 years this has been led by the adult choir. The choir of volunteers are skilled amateurs with a sprinkling of professionals, including ex-choral scholars.

The choir rehearses for around 45 minutes before Sunday mass, with only occasional extra rehearsals, and typically sing a setting, introit and communion motet at the mass.

Choral Evensong and Benediction is celebrated about once a month around festivals, carol services and sequences for the season are also sung.

Lionel Bourne has been organist and director of music at St John’s since 2006. He is ably supported by assistant organist, William Nicholson.

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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