Brahms German Requiem at St Albans

Saturday 18th November 2017 at 7:30pm
Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban

Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem)
Strauss – Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs)
St Albans Bach Choir, Conductor Andrew Lucas
Soloists: Elizabeth Atherton (soprano), Edward Grint (baritone)
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
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Luton Choral Society Concert

Saturday 18th November 2017 at 7.30pm
St Mary’s Church, Church Street, Luton, LU1 3JF
Handel: Messiah

Tickets £12, £10 concessions, £5 children

Further information via the website:

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:


RSCM Area Chamber Choir

The RSCM Area Chamber Choir, directed by Chris Muhley,
will  be singing services at St Albans Cathedral on the following dates:

Saturday 30th December – 4pm Evensong
Saturday 10th February – 4pm Evensong
Saturday 8th September – 4pm Evensong
Sunday 9th September – 11.15am Eucharist and 6.30pm Evensong

If you are an experienced choral singer and would like to sing with the Area Chamber Choir please email

The choir normally has only one rehearsal before the day so some sight-reading ability is expected.


St Albans Bach Choir Carol Concerts

Saturday 9th December at 3pm and 7pm

Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban

Two concerts of Christmas music performed by the St Albans Bach Choir and Alberti Brass
Conductor–Andrew Lucas
Organist–Michael Papadopoulos
Pianist–Marnus Greyling

Afternoon Concert at 3pm particularly suitable for young children, lasting no more than an hour
Retiring collection for Charlie’s Gift

Evening Concert  at 7pm
Retiring collection for Herts Musical Memories, a local charity helping people with dementia

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Calling Young Organists

The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Olney is delighted to introduce an Organ Scholar Programme aimed at existing keyboard players who are interested in learning to play the organ as part of worship in church. The scheme will be particularly beneficial to people who have passed grade five on the piano, or who are at that standard.

For more information on the Olney Organ Scholar Programme, see this PDF file.

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)

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