Music plays an important part in all services in the Anglican Church, and this is particularly so in ceremonial services such as weddings. The music marks important parts of the marriage service, such as the bridal procession. It can create the appropriate atmosphere, and allow the congregation to participate.
THE DIRECTOR OF MUSIC & ORGANIST
St. John’s church employs a professional musician, Mr. Christopher Cook as Director of Music and parish organist. Christopher, or if unavaialble another qualified organist, plays for each wedding at St John’s. In some cases a couple may wish to bring their own organist – possibly a relative or friend. In such circumstances permission to invite another organist to play at St. John’s must be first sought from the Director of Music of St. John’s. Any such arrangement should be made well before the date of the service.
ST. JOHN’S CHOIR
St. John’s has an excellent choir who are used to leading services in the church. The choir can be engaged upon request, and subject to availability, to lead the singing at weddings, especially the singing of hymns, and also to perform solo, duet, or choral items, during the ceremony. An additional fee will apply. For more details contact the Director of Music.
Some couples wish to invite other musicians or singers to provide music in place of the organist, or in conjunction with the organist. The parish has no objection to such arrangements. Please note that, in most cases, the musicians and singers so invited will be entitled to charge their own fees, which are additional to the St. John’s wedding fee payable by all couples. St. John’s Church is not involved in negotiating the fee. Where the parish-provided organist is required to work with other singers and/or musicians and a rehearsal is advisable, the organist is entitled to rehearsal and administration fees.
Recorded music (including CDs etc.) is not permitted under any circumstances.
It is suggested that recorded music, if used at all, may be used at the Reception.
To contact the Director of Music at St John’s