Church Choir & Organ

St Paul’s Church Choir

 

Next Choral Evensong:  Sun, 9th July 6.30pm

 

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St. Paul's church has a long standing tradition of choral music. The choir, under the direction of Gordon Viney, has about twenty members singing in four parts for male and female voices. A wide variety of musical styles supports the regular worship at St. Paul's : anthems, psalms, canticles, plain song, Taize chants – together with the congregational singing of traditional hymns and modern songs.

We are very fortunate that one of our members, David W Jepson, composes music especially for the choir and for particular occasions. St. Paul's is privileged to offer the premiere performances of such music, which is often subsequently published.

There is a service of Choral Evensong every second Sunday in the month at 6.30pm. We aim to keep alive the very best of church choral music in this service, performing works by Stanford, Vaughan Williams and many others.

A highlight in the choir's calendar is the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols held on the Sunday evening before Christmas. Sublime music, time honoured Bible readings, and a packed church make this a special occasion, when God is truly glorified.

St Paul's always welcomes new choir members.

In a friendly, encouraging atmosphere, here is an opportunity to develop your musical interests and skills and to contribute to the worship at St Paul's church at the weekly morning services, as well as the monthly Choral Evensong.

Please contact :   Gordon Viney  Tel : 0161 432 7896

 

St. Paul's Organ

The builder of the original instrument in the church is thought to be Lewis, a noted London organ builder. 

When, in 1902 it was felt that the scope of the instrument was insufficient, it was completely re-built by Benson of Manchester who enlarged it by the addition of a Choir department.

In 1955, the organ was completely re-built and modernised by Messrs J W Walker & Sons.

In 1989 a complete overhaul was carried out including a new solid state action system being installed - the combination action being replaced by an adjustable capture system with eight memories. In recent years all drawstop solenoids have been replaced to give instant response.

The organ is tuned four times a year and is regarded as one of the finest organs in South Manchester.

St. Paul's hosts at least one Organ Recital Evening each year, arranged by the Manchester Organists Association.