Music

‘Music is the very soul of a great church’ as Hector Berlioz said.  Here at Saint Michael’s, music is at the heart of our worship.

Music has been offered in worship since Biblical times; this offering is vitally important, for music has the ability to transcend words; it is the language of the spirit.  Music can inspire, excite, soothe, and heal; it can unite people of different backgrounds and nationalities, it can speak to people of all faiths and of none, and it can point the way to God.

At Saint Michael’s we are fortunate to have a robed choir of some 12-16 singers from all walks of life and a range of ages. The Choir sings a diversity of music including congregational mass settings, psalms, hymns, choral anthems and motets. The Choir’s repertoire is wide, ranging from Tallis and Byrd to Bob Chilcott and James MacMillan, via Purcell, Wesley, Mendelssohn, Bruckner, Fauré and others. The Choir strives for high standards and is one of the best church choirs in the area.

There are also regular concerts, recitals and other musical events hosted at St Michael’s. Please contact the Parish Office (admin@stmichaelbarnes.org) if you would like to hire the church for a musical event.

NEW! THE SAINT MICHAEL’S CHOIR and CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS
We recently launched a two-fold recruitment campaign connected with our music at Saint Michael’s; on the one hand for volunteer members of our choir and on the other for choral scholars. Further details on the Choir and how to join may be found here and details of the Choral Scholarship here .

We are also inviting donations towards our choral scholarship fund – if you’d like to contribute please contact the Vicar – vicar@stmichaelbarnes.org

The Organ

The L1004745 Organ 1organ at St Michael’s was built by Bishop and Sons in 1899, with the addition of a choir organ in 1904. It was rebuilt and electrified by Percy Daniel and Co. in 1976.  In 2016 it underwent extensive renewal and improvement by BC Shepherd and Sons.

Full details and specification may be found on the National Pipe Organ Register: www.npor.org.uk – entry P00999