Music at St Wilfrid's
The Role of Music
‘Music forms an integral part of the solemn liturgy. The treasure of Sacred Music must be preserved and fostered with great care. Choirs must be diligently developed...whenever a liturgical service is celebrated with song, the whole assembly of the faithful is enabled...to contribute to the active participation that rightly belongs to it.
At times the choir, within the congregation of the faithful and as part of it , will assume the role of leadership, while at other times it will retain its own distinctive ministry. This means that the choir will lead the people in sung prayer, by alternating or reinforcing the sacred song of the congregation, or by enhancing it.
Additional instruments are used at times, for the enhancement of the various liturgical celebrations and as a contribution for the edification of the faithful.’
St Wilfrid's Choir
In service to its music ministry, the choir sings at the weekly Sunday 10:15 am Celebration of the Eucharist.
A group of parish musicians led by the Metanoia group also provide the music once a month at the 4:30 pm Sunday Mass and join with the choir on some occasions.
In addition the choir and musicians provide music at at Taize, Reconciliation, Advent, Lent, Ecumenical and other liturgies as required throughout the year.
The choir supports local Ecumenical Services. It also provides music at parish funerals and is invited to sing at weddings.
Our 2012 CD recorded to celebrate the Guild Year is still available to buy in the parish shop.
There is no audition required of new members, just a commitment to attend regularly for rehearsal and a desire to support the liturgy at St Wilfrid’s. There is no restriction on age or musical ability, however enthusiasm is essential!
Currently the choir consists of members from St Wilfrid’s parish community and students from the university.
We enjoy getting together socially several times a year.
The choir practices weekly, on Thursday evenings from 7:30 pm to approximately 9.00 pm.
In order to meet the standard of music which St Wilfrid’s Church and it’s Liturgy deserve, a certain level of commitment is required by attending regular practices.
At times such as Christmas and Holy Week, attendance at additional sessions is required.
For further information, please email Maria Hall, the Director of Music at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call up into the organ loft after Mass. You’re most welcome!