Apart from our choral and organ music at our regular and extra seasonal services, St Andrew's Church, with its fine acoustics, is a great town centre venue for a rich variety of religious and secular music. See below for what's up, like "Music While You Munch", Tuesday lunchtime organ recitals for the town centre office and shop workers and anyone else. See below.
St Andrew's Bells and Bell Ringers
Music and our Choir
The music at St Andrew's Parish Church is steeped in the Anglican tradition but also enjoys a regular injection of modern compositions from home and abroad.
The Parish mainly uses Hymns Ancient & Modern (new edition) for worship services. We are fortunate in our worship to have the leadership of our gifted and experienced musical director, organist and composer Stephen Lacey.
Each week, on Fridays from 7.30 to 9pm, Stephen rehearses our enthusiastic, talented choir which is the musical bedrock of our services. The choir also assembles normally at 9.15am for the regular 10am Sunday service for a short warm-up and rehearsal.
The choir consists of parishioners of all ages, and Stephen is particularly eager to boost youth participation in the choir. This is an excellent opportunity for young people to benefit from a first-class musical and choral singing education and experience at no cost for some time and commitment. St Andrew's Church follows the comprehensive Child (and Adult) Safeguarding policy formulated by the Diocese of Guildford.
We rehearse in a relaxed and friendly, supportive atmosphere. We encourage regular commitment by members where possible to practice or service attendance. The more we all manage to put into it, the more we all grow as individuals and a choir in our musicality and enjoyment! We have several adult members with younger children who can fit in attendance as much as possible around family commitments. Older members give stability and a few hundred years of choral experience between them! Many have sung in a church choir continually since their childhood.
Special choir services
From time to time we gather for a traditional full choral or sung evensong, that lovely and currently resurgent service particular to the Anglican choral tradition, sung every day in cathedrals up and down our land. The liturgy, or words of the service, are taken from the Book of Common Prayer, with its beautiful and renowned 400 year old language.
Our choral singing at cathedrals
Occasionally, under Stephen Lacey's direction, the choir has been invited to be the choir on duty for services at cathedrals. In 2012, we sung all services for a weekend at Winchester Cathedral. In February 2015, we were privileged to do this again at Winchester Cathedral, with a good social lunch on Sunday between (two) morning services and Choral Evensong. A very special place to get the chance to sing. We have also sung Sunday Choral Evensong at Guilford Cathedral on one occasion.
Concerts and groups
With its new facilities, St Andrew's is increasingly used as a venue for visiting choirs and musical groups. Concerts are given in support of the Friends of St Andrew's (FoStA) ongoing fundraising efforts. Other concerts often have a charitable fundraising element.
Our town - now designated an arts and crafts town - and wider area is blessed with many local choirs, such as the award-winning Farnham Youth Choir, and varied musical groups, societies and ensembles.