The Parish Church of St. Clement

St Clement's, the Living Church in the Ancient Town of Sandwich Kent

 
St. Clements Church Sandwich Nicholson Organ

Music at St. Clement's

St Clement’s Church has a strong musical tradition centred around the choir and organ and the church hosts concerts by local choral and instrumental groups as well as providing a venue for events within the Canterbury and Deal Festivals.

The Choir St Clement's Church Sandwich at westminster Abbey

The Choir

The choir is an adult mixed voice four-part choir of between 18 and 22 singers. It sings at the regular Sunday morning Eucharist service as well as other special services through the year and rehearses on Friday nights between 7.15 and 8.30pm.

The choir has the benefit of our new superb rehearsal facilities within the church.

The choir's repertoire varies enormously, with an emphasis being placed upon providing traditional music during the Communion ranging from Plainsong and Tudor polyphony through to more modern music as well as contemporary compositions.

The choir particularly enjoys singing at special events during the church year, particularly the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Christmas, during Holy Week and in the season of Advent as well as Civic events within our town. At Remembrance the choir sings a setting of the Requiem Mass, particularly those by Fauré and Rutter or contributes to a evening sequence of words and music for this poignant time of year.

They sing regularly at weddings and occasionally at funerals and memorial services.

In the past few years the choir has had the privilege of singing at various cathedrals including those at Southwark (2008 and 2017) Bury St Edmunds (2009) Winchester (2010) Chichester and Guildford (2013). The choir has sung weekend services as choir in residence at the Cathedrals in Norwich (2011) Peterborough (2013) and St Albans (2015). It has now sung on four occasions between 2012 and 2018 Choral Evensong at Westminster Abbey following invitations from the Dean and Chapter.
In July 2018 it sung Choral Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral and has been invited to sing again there in the future. It continues to sing regularly for services at Canterbury Cathedral.
It is a great privilege to be able to sing services in our country’s finest cathedrals and abbeys as well as participate in our regular Sunday worship at St Clement’s Church and its sister parish at Worth.

A warm welcome is extended to all new members and those interested should contact initially the Director of Music Julian Sampson on 01227 721697 or by email at sampson@supanet.com The Assistant Director of Music is Dr Andrew Larner with Robert Tapsfield as Assistant Organist.