Holy Sepulchre is the National Musicians’ Church, music and worship is at the heart of our life and ministry as a church. We believe that musical worship is one of the key ways in which we can express our love for God. We are fortunate to have a very strong choral tradition at Holy Sepulchre, with a superb professional ten-voice choir. The choir has expanded and developed in recent years under the leadership of our Director of Music, Peter Asprey. They have recently published a new album (link), and lead us in our weekly choral worship services.
Soul's desire album
A choral worship album and videos recorded by our choir
Soul’s Desire is an album of choral worship sung by our choir, designed to be used by others in their worship and to help them reflect on God. We hope that it will be used both by those who already love choral music and also a resource to introduce others to choral music as an aid to worship.
The programme follows a year of choral worship at Holy Sepulchre, including pieces sung at our weekly Evensongs, monthly Eucharists, and special services for Remembrance Sunday, Christmas and Holy Week (Easter).
The pieces range from old masterpieces like Allegri’s Miserere (1630’s) to new compositions by members of our community (Come Holy Ghost, God be in my Head, and Of the Dust of the Ground).
The scores for all of the pieces on the album are available from our friends at ShorterHouse publishing.
Check out our worship teaching page for choir album, and teaching videos and resources on choral worship.
Music from the Album
ORGAN AND CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS
We are grateful to have received support from a number of outside groups in funding organ and choral scholarships. Our current scholars are:
Organ Scholar: William Mason (sponsored by the Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel)
Choral scholars: Lindsey James (sponsored by St. John’s College Oxford) and Catherine Clark.
If you would be interested in applying for a choral or organ scholarship at Holy Sepulchre in future, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to submit a new composition to be performed at evensong, please email the score to email@example.com . We would ask that any music submitted would be a new composition. The music could be for any piece that is part of our evensong program, which includes:
Magnificat (circa 6 minutes)
Nunc dimittis (circa 4 minutes)
a set of responses
or an Anthem
The text can be in any language, but English is preferred.
GUEST CHOIRS AT EVENSONG
While our worship is usually led by our own choir or contemporary worship band, there are opportunities for guest choirs to sing at Evensong out of ‘term time’ in the spring and summer. If you are part of a choir who would be interested in doing so, contact firstname.lastname@example.org