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Music in the Church

Liturgy is at the centre of every activity in the busy parish community of St Patrick's and the music programme is a vital part of all liturgical activity. Our musicians are committed to achieving the highest possible standards in their contribution to spiritual life of the church community.

Planning music for liturgy takes careful thought and reflection and every Mass and service is carefully considered, reflecting on the theme and readings for the day, so that an appropriate music programme is chosen. St Patrick's Music aims to achieve an enhancement of our community's experience of the liturgy through appropriate music in both traditional and contemporary styles.

All our Masses and services involve singing of hymns, psalms and Mass settings sung by the congregation. Our organists are central to this music, leading the congregational singing and providing appropriate solo music at other liturgical points. We are fortunate to have a team of dedicated organists who are occasionally assisted by visiting players.

Directed by Andrew Lee, St Patrick's Music Group has 26 members, who sing and play a variety of instruments, and lead the congregation in singing a wide variety of liturgical musical genres particularly suited to a mixed ensemble. While committed to a core repertoire of established pieces, St Patrick's Music Group have also pioneered much new liturgical music, particularly in association with the Clifton Diocese and composers such as David Ogden.

St Patrick's Choir was established in September 2004 and is a mixed adult voice choir, singing traditional and classical liturgical music. It has a regular membership of 27 singers.

We are delighted to welcome new people to join in our music programme - please contact us if you are interested in joining or supporting us. If you are interested in singing or playing in St Patrick's Music Group please contact Andrew Lee 0117 9023488 or just turn up at a rehearsal, which happen every 2 weeks on Sunday evenings, from 6.30-8.00pm for musicians and 7.00-8.00pm for singers

If you are interested in becoming a member of St Patrick's Choral contact the Parish Office on 0117 9557662 or speak to the choirmaster, Tracy McNama, after Mass.

The choir rehearses are every 2 weeks on Thursday evenings from 7.30-9.30pm (subject to the occasional alteration, please check).

You can also use these numbers if you are interested in a booking for your wedding or other special occasion.

Alternatively you can contact us by email at

Rehearsals for both groups are held in St Patrick's Church.