Music is an important part of worship at Lion Walk. In the morning service we normally sing four or five congregational hymns, supported by organ and piano, and the choir (except in August) sings an introit and an anthem. Our main hymn book is Rejoice and Sing. The choice of music is carefully linked to the theme of the service and the anthems range from the sixteenth century to the present day. Most evening services apart from monthly communion are held in the chapel, and the hymns are accompanied by piano.
Our small but active Choir includes six music graduates, several of whom are experienced solo singers, and as well as contributing to morning worship it normally leads three evening services per year:
Palm Sunday: normally a work such as a Passion setting, or Handel’s Messiah, or Bullard’s Wondrous Cross (Alan Bullard is a member of the choir and wrote this cantata for us)
All Saints Day: a traditional Choral Evensong, with Preces and Responses and a range of anthems
Christmas: A service of Lessons and Carols
Our Director of Music, Choirmaster and Organist is Dr Ian Ray. Dr Ray is the Honorary Borough Organist, and the conductor of Colchester Choral Society. Details of the organ can be found here.