Music is an important part of our worship at St Helen’s and St Peter’s. We have a diverse congregation of all ages and try to cater for all tastes.
We have both a Junior and an Adult Choir at St Helen’s under the guidance of Robert Milner, our choir director, and Simon Pusey, our organist.
The Juniors (Years 1-8) meet on Fridays at 6:30pm for an hour and sing at our monthly All-age service.
The adult choir includes many teenagers and is around 30 strong. They meet on Fridays from 7:30-9pm and sing every Sunday morning and at our monthly choral evensong.
The choir sang 3 services at Canterbury Cathedral in the summer and will sing the weekend services at Portsmouth Cathedral next summer.
Many of our younger choristers attend the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) Summer Course for Young People in Bath and follow the RSCM’s Voice for Life training scheme.
We have a monthly contemporary service at St Peter’s church in the morning, Impact Worship, our youth service (once a month in the evening) and Kids Worship (a monthly children’s service), with a mixture of traditional, modern and children’s worship songs. We also have occasional Taize services at St Peter’s.
St Helen’s has a small but effective 2-manual and pedal pipe organ, constructed by Hill, Norman and Beard in 1968.
This has recently been renovated and restored to first class order by FH Browne and in January 2017 we were delighted to welcome organists past and present to celebrate with a wonderful recital.