recitals are held regularly at St Matthew's and
recitalists of the very highest calibre and of
international renown travel from far and wide to play
the fine four manual 1895 Walker Organ. Regular
organ recitals, details of which can be
found here, normally take place on Sundays at 7.30pm
following Choral Evensong, sung by the Choir of St
Matthew's at 6.30pm.
St Matthew’s is also home to the
Northampton Bach Choir which, with over 130 members,
is the largest choir in the county. It was founded by
Denys Pouncey in 1935, the then St Matthew’s
of Music, and gave its
first concert in the church on Palm Sunday that year.
The choir, under the Musical Direction of
Lee Dunleavy, performs two or three concerts in
St Matthew’s each year; news of their concert season can
be found at the
Northampton Bach Choir's website.
The church also plays
host to many other groups of both local and national
recognition on a regular basis. These include The
Swarbrick Singers, the Northampton Chamber Choir and
Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust
ensembles, as well as a number of professional
ensembles. In September 2011
BBC Radio 3 broadcast Choral Evensong from St Matthew’s
featuring the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and
including some of St Matthew’s musical commissions.
all forthcoming musical events at St Matthew’s can be