'The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy. Holy Scripture, indeed, has bestowed praise upon sacred song, and the same may be said of the fathers of the Church and of the Roman pontiffs who in recent times, led by St. Pius X, have explained more precisely the ministerial function supplied by sacred music in the service of the Lord.' (#112) Sacrosanctum Concilium
Since its foundation in 1852, St Luke’s has occupied a unique and enviable position as a leading exponent in Sacred Music. Today, St Luke’s is acclaimed as one of the finest choirs in the Channel Islands. The Church prides itself in continuing the ancient tradition of sacred music that is part of our nation’s cultural heritage.
Listen to music live from the Easter Vigil 2022:
THE SCHOLA CANTORUM
The Schola Cantorum is called at to sing at numerous during the Church year. Its principal function is to sing at the Sunday Sung Mass, and other sacred liturgies during term time. The music is drawn from many centuries and traditions, and in recent years new compositions have been commissioned from prominent contemporary composers, such as Philip Stopford and Colin Mawby. When the busy liturgical schedule permits, the choir often sing further afield at Cathedrals and Churches around the UK and beyond.
The latest music list can be downloaded here.
The choir rehearses on Thursday evenings. If you are interested in joining, and wish to arrange an informal audition, or more information, contact the Director of Music, Michael Wynne.
THE JUNIOR CHOIR
The Junior Choir of St Luke’s is open to boys and girls aged over six. The choir provides a wonderful free musical education and there is the opportunity for choristers to receive singing and instrumental lessons. Click here if you have a son or daughter who might like to join.
Singing is for everybody. It is a natural and fun part of everyday life. Interests and skills nurtured at an early age are carried through school, university and beyond. We are looking for new choristers from age 6 upwards who are keen to sing and eager to learn. Email Michael Wynne, or turn up one Thursday at 4pm!
THE OCCASIONAL SINGERS
The Occasional Singers is a group of singers who support the liturgy out of term time, and occasionally joins forces with the other choirs for special events. There is no audition, and anyone is welcome to join. Contact Michael Wynne for more information.