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Welcome to the Parish Website for St Matthew's, Northampton.

Welcome to the Parish Website for St Matthew’s, Northampton. We hope that you will find your visit both informative and interesting, a valuable resource in discovering more about the on-going life and activity of our Parish. Above all we hope that you will feel encouraged to come and see us in person.

We are an Anglican Parish Church, in the catholic tradition, whose primary purpose is to bring others to faith in Jesus Christ and to promote the Christian Gospel. We seek to inspire lives of committed service and, in all respects, live the implications of our faith within our contemporary setting.

We strive to be a welcoming community where worshippers enjoy a sense of belonging to a ‘parish family’. Such a community is characterized by mutual respect and affirmation based on a recognition that, though unique, we are each created in the likeness of Christ.

We aspire to be outward looking, a witnessing community within our local setting for which we have particular responsibilities, and further afield. We do so through a well promoted pattern of prayer and worship, and through a wide variety of community-based activities that attract a broad cross-section of society.

Acting Organist and Director of Music

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Toyne as Acting Organist and Director of Music at St Matthew’s from September.

Simon is Executive Director of Music of the David Ross Education Trust (DRET), where he is responsible for the development of music across over 30 state primary and secondary schools in the East of England, including conducting the Choir of Malcolm Arnold Academy.

Simon lives locally, and is a regular worshipper at St Matthew’s. His new responsibility, which he will be fulfilling in conjunction with his work for DRET, will doubtless be mutually beneficial, and facilitate our already productive relationship with the Trust. Simon will also enable us to provide that all-important continuity and care within our music department as in due course we look forward to identifying a new director of music.


"I am indebted to Simon for taking on this role at such a key moment, and I look forward to working with him. I feel sure that with his help and expertise we may look to the future with confidence, and our music-making will go from strength to strength."

(Fr Nicholas Setterfield)


Born in Exeter, Simon received his early musical training as a chorister in Exeter Cathedral Choir and then as a music scholar at Eton College, before becoming Organ Scholar of University College, Oxford. In 1991, he was appointed Director of the Tiffin Boys’ Choir, and in 1994 took up the post of Organist and Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Kingston upon Thames, holding both positions until Summer 2015. Under his direction, the Tiffin Boys’ Choir worked with the major conductors in the world, including Pappano, Rattle, Gergiev, Maazel, Elder, Masur and Salonen, performed each year with the Royal Opera and the London orchestras, and featured on the soundtrack for many major films, including The Hobbit and Philomena. Simon led the choir on over twenty foreign tours, including to Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Russia, and conducted the choir in concert with the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Sinfonia Britannica and Philharmonia Orchestra. As Assistant Head and Director of Music of Tiffin School, a state grammar school in Kingston upon Thames, he led an outreach programme which saw the formation of the Thames Youth Orchestra and the Tiffin Children’s Chorus, as well as the project Choirs for Schools, in which choirs were formed and developed in all 32 primary schools of the Borough of Kingston. During his tenure at All Saints’ Church, whose choir sings Cathedral repertoire at two services each Sunday, the choir broadcast on BBC1, Radio 4 and World Service Radio, and over 20 choristers gained choral scholarships to Oxford and Cambridge.

Simon has led workshops on conducting and singing for Oxford and Cambridge Universities, the Association of British Choral Directors, the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the Kotuku Trust in New Zealand, and the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus, New York. He was Director of the National Youth Training Choir of Wales and Music Director of Riverside Opera, and his performances as organist have included both Cathedrals of Liverpool and the National Auditorium of Madrid. Simon is a Director of the Eton Choral Courses, and will be leading the course at St John’s College this summer.

Llandaff bound

We are delighted to announce that Stephen Moore, our Director of Music since 2010, has been appointed Organist and Master of the Choristers at Llandaff Cathedral. Stephen’s final Sunday with the Choir is 17 July. He takes up his new responsibilities in September.

We are delighted for Stephen. His richly deserved preferment was achieved in the face of stiff competition, and he follows in the footsteps of Robert Joyce's appointment to Llandaff in 1958. Stephen is now the first director of music at St Matthew’s to go directly to a corresponding cathedral appointment since David Ponsford in 1979.

Incidentally, so far as we are aware, this will be the first time that two siblings (Tom Moore is Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral) have served concurrently as cathedral directors of music in the UK.

Stephen has worked tirelessly for our Parish, greatly expanding his role, and has acquitted himself with considerable distinction. He has taken the musical life of the parish to new heights, broadened its appeal, delivered the quality of repertoire and performance for which St Matthew’s was formally renowned, and enhanced the reputation of our parish far beyond its bounds.

Thanks to his efforts, our well-respected musical life has become a point of numeric growth, as well as spiritual enrichment. We are indebted to Stephen for all he has achieved, and anticipate a bright future for him, and us.

We pray that God will continue to bless him in his future life and vocation.

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A Sermon delivered at St Matthew's Church, Northampton,
5 May 1946

First published as Five Sermons by Laymen, 1946
Matthew 11.28. 'Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'


"When I came into this church for the first time in my life, which was yesterday evening - coming in by that South West door over there - I wanted to go down on my knees. For this is the sort of church which brings you to your knees. These soaring vistas of pale stone arches, the superb proportion of window to wall space, the delicacy of much of the detail from the profound, primitive simplicity of Henry Moore's Madonna and Child, to the lace-like tracery of this beautiful wrought-iron chancel screen, the way the genius of Holding, the architect, leads your eye to the high altar there below the flashing jewels of the East Window, that altar where the Greatest Mystery in the World happens Sunday after Sunday, and where, as we who try to be Christians try to believe, the Creator of the world, of the universe, of the trees and birds in the road outside, of the stones which Holding used to build the church, of the bones which help you sit upright in your seats tonight, where the Maker of our souls and minds, our very selves becomes present to hear our needs and answer our prayers in accordance with His Will - as I thought of all these things I did indeed want to fall on my knees and thank God for the beauty which man has made to the Glory of God in St Matthew's."

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More information about the John Betjeman sculpture by Martin Jennings can be found at www.martinjennings.com


Five days of Music, Art and Literature
21-25 September 2016


For more information about the St Matthew's Music & Arts Festival
Click Here.

  Important Information regarding Changes to Services during August 2016  

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Starting soon on Thursdays from 10:00am to 11:45am. For more information Click Here.

  The Choir of St Matthew's  

  St Matthew’s Choir CD:
O How Glorious


The Choir of St Matthew’s Church is pleased to announce the release of its latest CD O How Glorious. Read More...

  St Matthew’s Choir CD: My Lord has come  


Information about the Choir's 2013 CD (still available) can be found here.

  St Matthew's Guide Book  


Information about the new Guide Book can be found here.


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24 August 2016



The music list for September is now available.



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23 August 2016




September has been added to the Worship Calendar



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22 July 2016




August has been added to the Worship Calendar



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8 July 2016




The music list for July is now available.



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