Music at St. Clement's
St Clement’s Church has a strong musical tradition centred around the choir and organ, although the church is used for concerts by local choral and instrumental groups as well as providing a venue for events within the Canterbury Festival.
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, particularly those by Fauré and Rutter.
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) 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). In 2012, 2014 and 2016 it sang Choral Evensong at Westminster Abbey following invitations from the Dean and Chapter and have been invited to sing again at the Abbey in December 2018. In July 2017 the choir returns to London’s Southwark Cathedral to sing Choral Evensong and in July 2018 will be singing at St Paul’s Cathedral.
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.
A warm welcome is extended to all new members and those interested should contact initially the Organist and Choirmaster Julian Sampson on 01227 721697 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org