St John’s is a very special building! Completed in 1912, it has a wonderful acoustic for singing (one of the best in Surrey), a fine organ, and is regularly used for high profile concerts. Visitors over recent years have included King’s College, Cambridge; The London Mozart Players Brass Ensemble; Farnham Youth Choir (Sainsbury Choir of the Year); Guildford Cathedral Choir; and Guildford High School.
Ian Church, Director of Music, comments: “It is a real privilege to be involved with music here. Whether playing the last verse of a rousing hymn with full organ, or conducting a quiet unaccompanied anthem, there is always a thrill about the resulting sound. Even the Choral Scholars from King’s College, Cambridge were impressed.”
Music plays an important part in the main 10 am Eucharist service, and at the monthly Evensong (Choral 3 – 4 times each year). We have a four part Adult Choir; a Junior Choir; and also run a scheme for Organ Students to learn the organ. Some of our singers also play instruments, and we use these occasionally to accompany anthems and worship songs.
Ian Church (Director of Music and Organist) has been at St John’s since 1990, and re-established the present Choir in 1996. He holds the Associate Diploma of the Royal College of Organists (ARCO), and is a member of the Association of British Choral Directors.