Music and Choir

Our Choirs

With 25 members (new members always welcome) the Parish Adult Choir enjoys good coverage across all voices and sings to a high standard – often ably supported by the Parish Junior Choir.

Sunday services

The choir divides to sing Sunday morning Eucharists at both churches (in St Thomas and Lincoln settings). A small choir for sopranos, altos, tenors and basses sings Choral Evensong on Sunday evenings. In addition, the whole choir joins with that of St Mary’s, Woodford, to sing a range of Evensong settings in both parishes on a rotational basis over the year. We also join the choir of St Gabriel’s, Aldersbrook to sing at various services in both parishes.

Outside the Parish

The choir members also sing in a number of London secular choirs, including Bart’s Choral Society, East London Chorus and Hackney Singers.

Recent and upcoming highlights

The full choir sings more complex works to a high standard for special occasions throughout the Church year. A wide repertoire is supported by an extensive and well catalogued Parish music library.

  • Andrew Wright’s A Requiem of Peace (with composer in attendance)
  • Handel’s Stabat Mater
  • Evensong at Southwark Cathedral
  • Faure’s Requiem
  • Summer Tour to Turku, Finland, for the Nordklang Festival – August 2016

New members are always welcome

Choir practice takes place on Friday evenings, usually at Christ Church (junior choir 6.45 – 7.45, adults 7.45 – 9.00). The choir is a social group and we often go out together after practice or performance. After all, it’s important to keep the throat lubricated.

Interested in joining us? New members are always welcome.
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The Organs

In 2008 and with the assistance of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the Parish bought and restored an historic three manual and pedal organ. It was originally built in 1878 by William Hill for St. Mary Magdalene, Manningham, Bradford.

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Thomas Trotter performed the inaugural recital to mark its installation in Christ Church in September 2008.

St. Mary’s has a two manual instrument, rebuilt and enlarged in 1974 from a fully enclosed exhibition instrument by Hill. It speaks particularly well in the acoustics of this fine Georgian building.

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Concerts and recitals

Both churches host regular concerts and recitals by various ensembles, while musical performances also take place in Christ Church during the annual Wanstead Festival.

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Meet Joe, our Director of Music

We are delighted to welcome Joe Joe Waggott to the parish as our new Director of Music. Joe is well known to the choir and to the parish as he has been directing the choir since Ashley left and he also directed the choir during the previous MD vacancy. Joe will start with us formally on 7the January.

Joe is currently a PhD student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, researching French baroque music on a fully-funded studentship. Joe performs regularly as a continuo player, recently with ensembles such as Ex Cathedra under Jeffrey Skidmore, the London Handel Orchestra with Laurence Cummings, English Touring Opera, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Northern Sinfonia. Joe is also an assistant conductor of the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain. As a singer, he was a member of Genesis Sixteen, The Sixteen’s young artists’ programme and held choral scholarships at Birmingham and Chelmsford Cathedrals while a student. He is a prize-winning holder of the diploma of Associateship from the Royal College of Organists, and is organist to Forest School.