Music

Music for Services

Whether traditional or contemporary, music is a large part of our worship.  The 9.45 Sung Eucharist features our robed Choir singing traditional church music.  The Extended Choir sings more elaborate music at special services and the monthly Choral Evensong.  The 11.15 Contemporary service at St Peter’s Church features a worship band with electric guitar, drums and keyboard playing contemporary Christian worship songs.

If you are interested in singing in one of the choirs, please get in touch with our Director of Music and Organist, Peter Johnson. For the worship band, please contact the vicar, Phillip Johnson.

A regular service of Music Worship for Younger People is currently in development.  This would explore forms of Christian spirituality through music, including instruments and singing.  If you feel you can contribute to this imaginative new project, please contact Peter Johnson.

Our three churches are also available for concerts and other live performance events, such as the popular SPARC music and theatre events at St Peter’s Church, the visiting choir and orchestral concerts at The Church of the Ascension and the lunchtime Wednesday Concert Series at St Matthias’ Church [all currently suspended due to COVID].  If you would like to contribute to the lunchtime Wednesday concert series, e.g. an organ recital or a vocal or instrumental programme, please contact Peter Johnson.

If you’d like to be informed when our SPARC concerts resume, please join the SPARC mailing list.

The Choir

The Choir is a small dedicated group of singers who provide the music at the 9.45 Eucharist and form the core of the Extended Choir. We rehearse regularly on Friday evenings 6.30-8pm and welcome new members. Contact Peter Johnson if you’d like to find out more.

Special note for COVID

During the COVID pandemic, the Choir operates under strict safety procedures to protect both its members and the congregation.  These are comprehensively laid out in our Risk Assessment for Choral Singing.

The Extended Choir

The Extended Choir sings at our monthly Choral Evensong at 5pm on the second Sunday of the month at The Church of The Ascension, and at special services such as the Advent Carol Service and Nine Lessons and Carols.  At Choral Evensong, we sing choral music from the cathedral tradition.

The Extended Choir invites other experienced singers, contracted per event.  If you would like an invitation, please contact Peter Johnson, Director of Music, who will ask for a brief CV of your choral experience.

 Special note for COVID

During the COVID pandemic, the Choir operates under strict safety procedures to protect both its members and the congregation.  These are comprehensively laid out in our Risk Assessment for Choral Singing

Youth Choirs

The Malvern Link Youth Choir and Young Singers are for children who love to sing, nurturing a love of music and true musicianship.

Malvern Link Youth Choir sessions provide an opportunity for children to sing beautiful and fun songs drawn from music all over the world. The children get so much more than the joy of choral singing as they develop skills such as learning to read music, pitching, rhythm, sound production and simple theory. They also become more confident, gain self-control and deeper learning skills, and have the opportunity to gain choral qualifications along the way. Comments from the children include: ‘It’s my favourite club’ and ‘Can we come back tomorrow?’ The choir director Es Hoyle, a qualified and experienced teacher and musician, loves leading the choir and looks forward to expanding the choir over the next few years.

Malvern Link Young Singers is aimed at younger children, who will love the activities and musical games. Membership will give children a firm basis for the beginning of their musical journey. Starting in 2022. Contact Es Hoyle or the Parish Office to go on the waiting list.

Malvern Link Young Singers

Bell Ringing

We have a long tradition of bell ringing at St Matthias’ Church, dating back to 1899 when the first bell was installed in the newly-built tower. For more information, scroll down to discover fun facts about our bells, or if you’re a serious campanologist, read Chris Pickford’s full history and technical specifications.

Visitors to the bell tower are always welcome at Sunday services and at practices:

  • Sunday Mornings – 9:00-9:45 (when the service is at St Matthias)
  • Practice Night – Monday 19:30-21:00 (including Bank Holidays)

Please check the service dates beforehand, as the Sunday Mass alternates between St Matthias’ Church and The Church of the Ascension.

Access to the Bell Tower

When the church is open, you can access the bell tower via the main (North) entrance and through the back of the church (Link Room) to the tower on the South side, where you’ll find a spiral staircase to the ringing room in the SW corner of the tower. If the church is closed, i.e. on practice nights, access is via the external tower door on the South side of the church.  Turning the handle on the small door will ring a bell in the ringing room and someone will come down to let you in.  Please wait for a pause in ringing.

Fun Facts

The Ropes and Sally Colours

St Matthias’ bells are unique in that each rope has a different sally colour.  This came about because most of the ringers were, at some stage, employed at the Radar Research Establishment on electronics work.  The sally colours were therefore chosen to comply with the Electronics Colour Code.

The Italian Connection

While visiting Italy on holiday, St Matthias’ ringers George and Ruth Morris, saw bells being rung full circle in a very similar way to the English tradition.  They established a close fellowship with Italian campanologists in the Verona region of Italy, which led to a series of exchange visits between English and Italian ringers.

Contacts

Ringing Master:
Ian Panton 01684 561764

Secretary:
Gerry Edwards 01886 832640

 

Links to other resources

Central Council of Church Bell Ringers  https://cccbr.org.uk

Worcestershire and Districts Change Ringing Association  http://www.wdcra.org.uk

Felstead Peal Database    https://cccbr.org.uk/felstead

Worcester Cathedral Teaching Centre  http://worcesterbells.org.uk/ringing-towers