Music

Welcome to Music at St John’s

Music is an integral part of life at St John’s, not only in our worship, but also within the wider community with many recitals and other musical events taking place throughout the year.

If you would like to be kept up to date or are interested in joining one of our choirs, please contact me at music@stjohnswimbledon.co.uk.

Michael Higgins BMus(Hons) PGDip LRAM
Organist and Director of Music

St John’s Singers

The St John’s Singers are a voluntary mixed-voice choir with a varied and expanding repertoire, performing liturgical music to a high standard throughout the year. This ranges from traditional Anglican music to that of the polyphonic, classical and modern schools of composition, including newly commissioned works written especially for us.

Each year on Remembrance Sunday, the St John’s Singers perform Fauré’s well-loved ‘Requiem’ accompanied by organ and string orchestra, together with singers from other local choirs. Visits to sing Choral Evensong at cathedrals, choir concerts and regular social events make the whole experience of music-making extremely rewarding.

New members are always welcome in the choir, and the Director of Music would be pleased to hear from anyone who might like to join. Rehearsals take place on Friday evenings, 6.30-7.30pm and on Sunday from 9.15am in preparation for the 10.15am Sung Eucharist.

For more information, please contact Michael at music@stjohnswimbledon.co.uk


St John’s Children’s Choir

CAN I JOIN?
The St John’s Children’s Choir is for boys and girls aged 7-12 who enjoy singing, who like making new friends and who can work as part of a team.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD CHORISTER?
You don’t need to have taken any exams, or even be able to read music, but a good Chorister should have some of these things: a musical ear, a responsive and enquiring mind, an outgoing personality and an enthusiasm for singing.

WHAT DOES A CHORISTER SING?
Choristers will learn music in a broad range of styles, by the great composers of the past to the present day, including music written especially for them.

WILL I HAVE TO SING EVERY WEEK?
Weekly rehearsals will be on Wednesdays in term-time, from 6.00 to 7.00pm, and the Choristers will sing once a month on a Sunday for the 10.15am Family Eucharist. There will be occasional extra performances including the Christmas Carol Service, but plenty of notice will be given to parents in the Choir Diary.

Just like a good sports team, the choir works together to make music and therefore you must be able to commit to as many rehearsals and performances as possible.

WHAT WILL IT COST?
Nothing! Unlike most hobbies and extra-curricular training, the choir is free to join.

WHAT BENEFITS ARE THERE FOR ME?
Aside from a valuable musical training, there are opportunities to acquire and develop life skills including self-confidence and self-discipline, responsibility, concentration, commitment to others as part of a team, time management, high standards of communication and presentation and a sense of achievement.

WHAT WILL I WEAR?
Unlike many church and cathedral choirs, the St John’s choir doesn’t wear long cassocks or robes. When singing together for a service or performance, everyone wears a special choir polo shirt.

HOW WILL WE BE LOOKED AFTER?
We take our responsibilities in this area very seriously and have created a safe and welcoming environment for our Choristers. Everybody who has regular contact with children and young people is cleared to do so.

WHO IS IN CHARGE?
The Director of Music at St John’s is Michael Higgins, a professional musician who studied at the Royal Academy of Music. He has many years experience working with singers of all ages and abilities, including the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain.

WHAT NEXT?
If you think you’ve got what it takes and would like to join, please contact Michael the Director of Music at music@stjohnswimbledon.co.uk.


Friday Lunchtime Recitals

Lunchtime Recitals take place twice a month on Fridays at 1.00pm, featuring local professional musicians and talented young performers from London’s music colleges. Admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of the St John’s Music Fund.

The Church is open for refreshments prior to each recital with delicious home-made cakes available. Many of our regular supporters often bring a packed lunch and enjoy meeting the performers in the warm and relaxed atmosphere.

If you’re a musician who might like to perform, please contact the Director of Music at music@stjohnswimbledon.co.uk to find out more.