INSPIRING MUSIC IN WORSHIP

MUSIC for MISSION and MINISTRY

A training course for leaders of worship and musicians (no musical expertise required)

February 4th-6th High Leigh, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG

To Deepen your knowledge and understanding

To Inspire your worship in fresh ways

To Introduce you to new resources

To Equip you for the future

Book now at rscm.org.uk

Also April 28th–30th at Ty Croeso, Cwmbran, South Wales and

Sept 29th-Oct 1st at Whalley Abbey, Lancashire.

One-day ‘light’ courses also available.



















Be a Chorister for a day

Feb 1st 1:15pm—5:00pm

St Albans Cathedral, Sumpter Yard, St Albans, AL1 1BY

An opportunity for girls aged 7-9 to come and experience what life is like as a Chorister at St Albans Cathedral!

The day will include fun musical games, learning new songs, meeting current Choristers ending with singing at Evensong alongside the Cathedral Girls Choir.

The free day is open to anyone who is interested in joining the choir – no prior musical experience needed.

Programme for the day:
1.15pm Registration & Welcome
1.30pm Singing session with Music Staff
2.30pm Break, followed by a tour of the Cathedral
3.15pm Rehearsal with the Cathedral Girls Choir
3.35pm Tea
4.00pm Evensong

To register, go to
https://www.stalbanscathedral.org/event/be-a-chorister-for-a-day, download the registration form, complete it and email it to music@stalbanscathedral.org
or send it to the Cathedral Office, The Deanery, Sumpter Yard, AL1 1BY.

Award for Andy Benoy

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Andy_Benoy_at_Salisbury.jpg

We are delighted that Andy Benoy, our former Area Committee Member, was awarded a Certificate of Special Service at the RSCM’s Celebration Day Evensong at Salisbury Cathedral on October 5th.

Andy is pictured receiving his certificate from the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall.

The announcement in the March issue of CMQ reads:  Andrew Benoy made a significant contribution to the work of the RSCM St Albans, Hertford & Bedford Area over more than 35 years. He fulfilled a number of key roles on the committee as well as leading musical events and serving as an Area examiner. He was also organist of St Michael’s Church,  Watford for 41 years. Now living in Sidmouth, Devon, he is organist and choirmaster at a local RSCM-affiliated church. 

Want to Sing Regularly at St Albans Cathedral?

abbeyHere’s an opportunity to sing regularly at St Albans Cathedral.

The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban PARISH SINGERS is a voluntary, auditioned, adult choir who sing at most of the 9.30 Parish Eucharist Services throughout the year, as well as at Carols on the Hour at Christmas and occasional evensongs. We sing a variety of music, but mostly traditional motets. Prospective members who are competent singers and sight readers are very welcome to come along and try us out prior to audition.

Rehearsals are in the Cathedral Song School on Wednesday evenings 8-9.15pm every two to three weeks, followed by a quick drink in the White Hart opposite.

The choir is very friendly and auditions, with Andrew Lucas – Master of the Music – are not onerous. Please contact the Cathedral Music Secretary, Lizzie, on 01727 890245 or by email:

IMG_2127_400

Sponsor A Pipe in the Harrison & Harrison Organ at St Albans Cathedral

Christopher Muhley – St Albans Cathedral Music Trust

The great organ at St Albans Cathedral was restored and tonally enhanced in 2009 and now is once again fully operational. A major programme of restoration and development by the original builders – Harrison & Harrison of Durham – was initiated in August 2007 when it could be delayed no longer.

For over forty-five years the organ had been used every day for rehearsal, practice, services and performances. Such heavy usage had, however, paid its toll. The mechanism had become worn and unreliable and it became clear that a full refurbishment could be put off no longer.

The programme of work comprised the complete restoration, repair, cleaning and adjustment of the instrument. At the same time some sensitive tonal enhancements consistent with the organ’s essential character were made including the addition of a 32-foot reed.

Through donations to the organ restoration fund and other gifts, the St Albans Cathedral Music Trust has been able to allocate some £690,000 towards the scheme. This enabled the contract to be signed and the work carried out. However the need to close the gap on the total cost of £830,000 is urgent.

One way of helping is through the “Sponsor a Pipe” scheme, which has been launched by the Music Trust. You can sponsor a pipe in memory of a departed friend or relative, in thanksgiving for a special event, as an unusual gift, or simply for yourself. Families, schools and groups can help too by sponsoring a pipe jointly.

A separate brochure (see link to pdf below) explains how you can take part, and what you will receive in return.

Please be generous in your support so we can also celebrate the raising of the full cost.

Further details: Sponsor A Pipe Brochure (PDF file)

  • N.B., Acrobat Reader is needed to view PDF files. If you don’t have it installed, you can download the free software from the Adobe website. Also, if you find the PDF file doesn’t open automatically from within your browser when you click on the link, save the file to disk (usually by right-clicking the file and selecting ‘Save As’) and then open the file directly using Acrobat Reader.