Music Ministry

Music MinistryWhen we sing in Church we connect with everyone around us, mind, body and soul. We sing because God tells us to and because we want to give him honour and praise. “O sing a new song to the Lord, sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless his name.” (Psalm 95) We believe the role of the choir and the cantors is to lead and encourage our singing. The choir sings at all the great feasts of the Church’s year, and for special liturgical occasions. We rehearse for one hour on the preceding Thursday evening, (approximately ten rehearsals each year). We promise a very warm welcome to new members. No auditions!

We asked members why they choose to belong to the choir. Here are a few of the responses:

“I know how important music is in enriching our liturgies, and a choir can really help lift hearts and minds to God, giving us a deeper experience of prayer and appreciation of our faith in him.”

It is fun being in the choir; it reminds me of school where I loved all kinds of music and singing. We have had some beautiful music over the years and there is nearly always something new. I would encourage anyone to join the choir.”

“I feel it is one way I can praise and thank God, and spread his love”.

Our Organ and Organists

We are fortunate in that we have two organists. They accompany the singing at all masses, except at the Children’s Masses which have their own children’s choir and instrumentalists, (see later). We are also very fortunate in having a lovely chamber organ which was one of the first purchases for the new Church in 1982. It was built by George Sixsmith and Sons for Clitheroe Parish Church as a temporary replacement for their large organ which had been destroyed by fire. George still lovingly services and tunes it for us twice a year. It is the perfect instrument for our small Church.

Music at our Sunday Masses

The Vigil Mass

6pm Saturday. This is a very straightforward Mass as far as music is concerned, with organ accompaniment of the hymns.

The 9am Mass

This is always a very lively occasion, and is our family Mass. We try to include hymns which the younger members enjoy singing.


Occasionally this is our “sung” Mass. One of our cantors leads the singing of the psalm and the gospel acclamation. We sing the important parts of the Mass, as the Church instructs us to. We sing psalm settings written by our first organist, David Bentley. He set all the psalms for the three year cycle and we think they are very special!

Children’s Mass

Several times a year we hold a Children’s Mass. Singing is accompanied by guitar and percussion at present and is led by a group of children. We welcome any singers or instrumentalists who would like to join in the celebrations. Hope to see you there!


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