Music in our church

This is to tell you a little about musical activities in the parish and to invite you to join us if you are interested. We are particularly in need of ANOTHER ORGANIST (see below) and we are always open to more people joining the music ministry at CTK, young or old, with or without musical background.

The Choir for Sunday 10 am Mass:

We are a diverse group representing many of the nationalities within the parish. Our function is to enhance the Liturgy – to provide a lead for the congregation, and to help make particular feastdays real celebrations. We also sing at weddings, and other special liturgies, eg Confirmation. We have joined with other churches for ‘Songs of Praise’ and carol singing, and when we can, attend days for choirs to help us improve!

Choir practices take place on Monday evenings from 7.30 – 9.00pm in the Church, and it is the regular practice that has allowed us to build up our repertoire and introduce new music, eg the parts of the mass set to the new translation. We are pleased to have managed this transition and now have several settings that the congregation are familiar with.

The choir is always open to new members so please do come and join us if you like singing. (You do not have to feel you have to commit yourself to being in the choir on Sunday mornings – we have one singer who came so that she could sing any new music with more confidence from the congregation.) The choir have social occasions at regular intervals.

Two members of the choir are members of The Society of St Gregory which is devoted to Music and Liturgy (http://www.ssg.org.uk/), and often attend the SSG summer school – this keeps us in touch with new developments. Following one summer school, the choir learnt various chants in a variety of languages, and our Pentecost mass uses these to reflect the wide number of countries that are represented in our parish.

On the last Sunday of the month there is a Family Mass.

Children accompany some of the music with percussion, and there is often a flautist and sometimes keyboard rather than organ. We currently have two teenagers who are going to be more involved in this, and we would welcome any further musicians to help develop this, so please contact Theresa Conlon if you would like to be involved.

Filipino Choir: This sings at Christ the King at the 6.30pm mass on the 3rd Sunday of the month, accompanied by a guitarist.

Organist: We have been blessed with an organist, Theresa Day.

Organ Notes

The church has a fine organ (IIP 9), built by Bishop and Son, listed on the National Pipe Organ register, and full details of the stops etc can be found on the webpage:

http://www.npor.org.uk/cgi-bin/Rsearch.cgi?Fn=Rsearch&rec_index=N09098

Choir Prayers:

Choir practice always starts with prayer and one of the scripture readings from the coming Sunday so that all are aware of the theme that is reflecting the choice of hymns. These are 8 members of the choir who take responsibility for choosing these on different ordinary Sundays, with the parts of the mass and music for major feasts being chosen by the choir director.

Lord we pray that what we sing with our lips we may believe with our hearts, and that what we believe in our hearts we may show forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord

St. Cecilia, Pray for us.

Please come and introduce yourself to one of us after Mass if you would like to be part of our music ministry at Christ the King.

Theresa Conlon: Choir Director
Theresa Day: Organist
Sheila Cruz Garcia: Filipino choir