In 1877, Father Charles Lowder (founder of St Peter's) wrote: “Choral services… music… these accessories to worship are the rightful claim of the clergy and people of such a church as St. Peter’s”. We couldn’t agree more. St. Peter's London Docks is actively refreshing and renewing her musical life, and we welcome singers of all ages and levels of experience to join us on this journey.
The Parish Choir of St. Peter's London Docks sings weekly at the 10.30am Parish Mass, leading hymns, psalmody and congregational mass settings, as well as elucidating the liturgy with motets, plainsong and choral mass settings. We also sing Choral Evensong regularly, alongside an annual service of Nine Lessons and Carols. We are committed to the beauty and prayerfulness of the Church's choral heritage, and explore the best of the Anglican and Latin repertoire. Highlights of the past year have included motets ranging from Batten and Gibbons, via Somervell and Saint-Saens, to Copland and Moses Hogan; Eucharistic settings ranging from Casciolini and Tallis to Darke and Sumsion; Evening Services by Walmisley and Parry; and the Palmer/Burgess adaptations of plainsong from the Graduale Romanum.
We are a welcoming group, balancing an appetite for hard work and high standards with friendliness and good humour, and are motivated by a strong desire to enhance and enrich our church's liturgy, rather than to perform. We are blessed with singers who want to commit weekly, singers who want to commit monthly and singers who want to offer something in between.
Once per month, a smaller group of experienced choir members who enjoy a sight-reading ethos convenes to rehearse a more ambitious service, usually involving an unaccompanied choral mass setting, recently including those of Lassus, Banchieri, Croce, Victoria, Byrd, Rheinberger, Watson, Harris, Ireland and Willan.
Our ranks are often augmented by our 20 child choristers, drawn largely but not exclusively from our church school. Rehearsing weekly on Mondays, children from Years 3-6 develop singing, listening and music-reading skills, benefit from designated theory and singing tuition, and grow in maturity through the responsibility of leading worship. Choristerships were once a fixture of East End churches, providing children from some of London's poorest areas with a free musical education, and St. Peter's is delighted to maintain this tradition today.
For more information about the musical life of St. Peter's, please contact our Director of Music, Jonathan Pease, at email@example.com.