played an important role at St Matthew’s since the
consecration of the building in 1893, and the Church has
been at the forefront of contemporary music and art for
over half a century. Today, at sung services, the
wonderful sounds of the Choir and the magnificent Walker
organ continue to fill the building, inspiring and
enhancing our worship.
The present Choir consists of mixed boy and girl
choristers aged between eight and eighteen who are
supported by a dedicated back row of mixed men and women
of all ages. The Choir’s repertoire spans over six
centuries of music, and includes works by composers of the
present day as well as pieces commissioned by St
Many of St Matthew’s musical commissions are now sung by
choirs all over the world. Benjamin Britten wrote his
Festival Cantata Rejoice in the Lamb for St Matthew’s
choir in 1943 at the request of the then Vicar, Revd
Canon Walter Hussey, to celebrate the fiftieth
anniversary of the consecration of the church. Since
then many other composers, including Gerald Finzi,
Edmund Rubbra, Lennox Berkeley, Kenneth Leighton and,
most recently, David Bednall, have penned music for the
church. The tradition of commissioning new works of
music continues to the present day, and Simon Johnson
has been commissioned to compose an introit for the
Patronal Festival 2016.
St Matthew's is also home to arguably the finest parish
church organ of its type in the country. The four manual
organ was built in 1895 by the firm J W Walker and Sons
and is now of great historical importance. In 2005/6 the
organ underwent a major restoration project costing in
excess of a quarter of a million pounds and is now a
sought-after recital instrument and many distinguished
organists perform regularly at the Church.
In order for the music at St Matthew's to continue to
thrive, inspire those who hear it and to ensure the
future security of the Choir and tradition which has
been built up over a period of more than one hundred
years it is vital to maintain the consistent financial
support that is necessary. To secure this and to
continue to support and nourish the development of the
music, the Friends of St Matthew's Music has been
Please explore the music pages of the website to get a
flavour for what is involved in the musical life
Matthew's. If you would like further information about
joining the choir or about the Friends of
Music, please contact the Director of Music.
St Matthew's Christmas
22 December 2017 -
A concert of Christmas favourites with audience
The Choir of St Matthew’s Church
Justin Miller, conductor
Richard Pinel, organ
with readings by Paul Vaughan.
Tickets: £10.00, £5.00 (Under 18s)
are available to purchase online or in person at the
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Matthew's Church is wheelchair accessible and there is a
toilet suitable for all mobility needs in the Church.
There is plenty of on-street parking around the church,
but please allow sufficient time to park your car. If
you have any other queries regarding the concert please