The Parish Choir performs a wide range of music, both popular cathedral-style repertoire and more unusual music – from striking South American baroque works to South African choral dances and new commissions by contemporary composers – including a recent world premiere of a new Mass setting by Gabriel Jackson.
The choir also sings from the top of the church tower on Ascension Day, at the dawn Vigil on Easter Sunday, and for numerous carol services and concerts.
They regularly tour Britain and abroad, recent destinations include Canterbury, Winchester, Durham, southern Ireland, northern France and Cologne.
The choir has hosted several choral workshops – by David Hill, director of the BBC Singers and the Bach Choir, and Stephen Jackson, former director of the BBC Symphony Chorus, and an organ improvisation workshop by David Briggs.
Once a term the choir joins with the choirs of St Luke’s, Chelsea and St Martin-in-the-Fields for a Three Choirs Festival Choral Evensong. Recent concerts with the three choirs include a performance of Tallis’ 40-part motet Spem in alium, and the choirs will perform J.S. Bach’s St John Passion in 2017.
The choir is made up of mainly auditioned amateur singers; entry is by audition with the director of music. In addition four choral scholarships and an organ scholarship are available.