Music at St Philip and St James

Music is highly valued here at St Philip & St James, it enriches our lives and enhances our services. We have two dedicated groups of singers (the Choir and the OPALS) and a recorder group.



The choir has the classic mix of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses but we are not professionals.

The choir sings at our Choral Eucharist (10:00am) on Sundays, at Choral Evensong (6:30pm) on second Sundays each month at various churches in the area and on fourth Sundays at our own church. Other, occasional services include a Requiem for All Souls (Fauré), Nine Lessons and Carols, Civic Service, weddings and funerals. This may seem a lot of services but it is appreciated that no one can be present all the time. 

We rehearse on Wednesdays from 7:45pm to 9:00pm and immediately before Choral Evensong services on second and fourth Sundays.  Through our regular practice, we aim to achieve the highest possible standard and because of this members are encouraged to attend even when they won’t be at a particular service.

Our choir forms the core of Knutsford Deanery Combined Choir which sings for the second Sunday Choral Evensongs.  Its members include singers from St. Bartholomew’s Wilmslow, St. Mary’s Nether Alderley, St. Cross’ Knutsford, St Helen’s Witton Northwich, Christ Church Didsbury and Alderley Edge Methodist Church, and they join us for our Wednesday practices.

Three of our choir members and one from the Deanery Choir are members of the Royal School of Church Music’s Northern Cathedral Singers. You can find nformation about when and where Northern Cathedral Singers are leading Choral Evensong by clicking anywhere on this sentence.

We are a friendly group who welcome new faces, love singing and have a good sense of humour. Wednesday practices are followed by a drink and chat in the pub!



The Occasional Providing A Lead Singers lead the singing at our Healing Service (6:30pm) on first Sundays and our Taizé Service (6:30pm) on third Sundays. We sing in unison and you don’t need to know how to read music. We practice immediately before any service. We also join with the choir to lead the singing at major festivals (Holy Week and Easter, Ascension and Christmas) and at weddings and funerals.


Recorder Group

The group includes players on descant, soprano/alto, tenor and bass instruments. Many of us have not played since school days but having an ability to read music has enabled us to develop our talent.  Ordinarily we rehearse on second and fourth Monday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:00pm.



If you would like to find out more about any of our music groups please come along to one of our services and speak with Peter (our organist and choir master) or with one of the choir members or reach out to us on Twitter (@StPhilipsAE), or Facebook.

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