Music is integral to the life and worship at St Michael’s. Some of the church’s most cherished and celebrated services are characterised by distinctive and beautiful music. Choral and organ music is interwoven with the liturgy which helps to create a timeless encounter with mystery, beauty and sound.
St Michael’s is particularly known for the ancient office of Tenebrae, sung on Good Friday evening from the West Gallery, and other Festivals such as Candlemas, the Easter Vigil, Ascension Day, Corpus Christi, Michaelmas, All Souls’ Day, the Advent Procession, and Midnight Mass.
Examples of music for specific Feast Days at St Michael’s are listed in the Feast Days and Special Services page.
Services are traditionally sung by a full SATB robed Choir and led by an experienced Music Team. Find out about the choir, music scholarships and our historic pipe organ, which has a detailed photo gallery of its installation and history.
The choir’s repertoire spans over six centuries and is characterised particularly by the use of Plainsong, English and European Renaissance polyphony and music of the Anglican choral revival from the past 150 years.
St Michael’s excellent acoustic and the beautiful interior of the church make it a very rewarding place to sing and a popular venue for choirs for performance, workshops, teaching, rehearsals and recordings. The lofty building was designed to have a generous acoustic, enhancing the natural human voice and creating a beautiful sonority to rival any other in the south west of England.
To book the church for a musical event, rehearsal or recording, please email email@example.com