Church Choir & Organ

St Paul’s Church Choir

Next Choral Evensong: 
Sun 24th July at 6.30pm

 

 

Introit:  Almighty and Everlasting God - Orlando Gibbons (1583 - 1625)

Responses and Lord's Prayer:   T Noble

Psalm 34: O Praise God in his Holiness

Office Hymn;  No. 138  Come Holy Ghost, our souls inspire

Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in B flat:  John Stainer

Anthem: O Thou, the Centrtal Orb  Charles Wood
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St. Paul's church has a long standing tradition of choral music. The choir, presently under the direction of Christopher Cotton, has about fifteen members singing in four parts for male and female voices. A wide variety of musical styles supports the regular worship at St. Paul's : anthems, psalms, canticles, plain song, Taize chants – together with the congregational singing of traditional hymns and modern songs.

There is a service of Choral Evensong every fourth Sunday in the month at 6.30pm. We aim to keep alive the very best of church choral music in this service, performing works by Stanford, Vaughan Williams and many others.

A highlight in the choir's calendar is the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols held on the Sunday evening before Christmas. Sublime music, time honoured Bible readings, and a packed church make this a special occasion, when God is truly glorified.

St Paul's always welcomes new choir members.

In a friendly, encouraging atmosphere, here is an opportunity to develop your musical interests and skills and to contribute to the worship at St Paul's church at the weekly morning services, as well as the monthly Choral Evensong.

Please contact :  David Bradshaw (choir member) Tel : 0161 258 2698

 

St. Paul's Organ

The builder of the original instrument in the church is thought to be Lewis, a noted London organ builder. 

When, in 1902 it was felt that the scope of the instrument was insufficient, it was completely re-built by Benson of Manchester who enlarged it by the addition of a Choir department.

In 1955, the organ was completely re-built and modernised by Messrs J W Walker & Sons.

In 1989 a complete overhaul was carried out including a new solid state action system being installed - the combination action being replaced by an adjustable capture system with eight memories. In recent years all drawstop solenoids have been replaced to give instant response.

The organ is tuned four times a year and is regarded as one of the finest organs in South Manchester.

St. Paul's hosts at least one Organ Recital Evening each year, arranged by the Manchester Organists Association.