Music at St Matthew's
Craftsman’s art and music’s measure
for Thy pleasure all combine. Francis Pott (1832-1909)
Music forms an integral part of the worship at St Matthew’s, at both the 9.15 and the 11.00 services. While St Augustine’s famous saying “He who sings prays twice” is true, worship is sometimes understood nowadays in terms solely of music, particularly in more contemporary evangelical settings. At St Matthew’s, our worship is a combination of elements which combine to praise God in word, music and silence.
The robed choir at the 9.15 service helps to lead and encourage the congregational singing, and the anthem normally sung during Communion provides a suitably worshipful accompaniment to the thoughts of the congregation as they receive the bread and wine.
At 11.00 the music is often more lively, especially during the Action Song. The accompaniment from the band suits the more contemporary songs in this service, though there is still the occasional traditional hymn on the organ.
St Matthew’s is blessed with a good number of very able singers and instrumentalists and their regular contribution is very much appreciated. New singers and players are always welcome however!
Concerts and recitals are also part of our musical life, and although there isn’t at present a regular series there are several concerts each year, advertised well in advance. One forthcoming musical event to note is that on Easter Monday 2020, 13th April, the choir will be joining forces with the choir of St Andrew & St Mark’s to sing Choral Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral.