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Music has 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 Matthew’s Church.

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 formed.

Please explore the music pages of the website to get a flavour for what is involved in the musical life
of St Matthew's. If you would like further information about joining the choir or about the Friends of
St Matthew's Music, please contact the Director of Music.

St Matthew's Christmas Cheer!

22 December 2017 - 7:00pm

A concert of Christmas favourites with audience participation.

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)
Tickets are available to purchase online or in person at the Parish Office


Tickets are available to purchase online through our booking partner, Eventbrite. Clicking the 'Buy Tickets Online' image on the right will take you to our booking partner's website. Please note that Eventbrite charge a small booking fee.


St 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 contact us.

  The Choir

Read about the choir of
St Matthew's.


Learn about the great benefits of becoming a member of the choir and discover how to join.


Director of Music


Read about the Director of Music
at St Matthew's church.


Music Lists



Discover what music has been planned for the current month. You can also view music for previous months.



The Organ


Learn about the J W Walker and Sons organ.



The Carillon



Learn about St Matthews's Carillon.



Friends of St Matthew's Music


Find information about Friends of St Matthew's Music and how to join.


FSMM Online Payment


Signup or renew your Friends of St Matthew's Music membership online.


Concerts & Recitals


Discover planned concerts and recitals taking place at
St Matthew's church.


Forthcoming Musical Events


Find out about future events.


The Musical commissions of St Matthew’s Church


Read about the history of music
commissioned St Matthew's church



List of Commissioned Works



A definitive list of work commissioned by
St Matthew's


Secure Area


A secure area of the website where members of the choir can gain access to various resources and information.



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