Music at St John’s
Music plays a large part in the worship at St.John’s. The main service on a Sunday is the morning Sung Eucharist which is normally sung to a setting and the choir usually sings an anthem at the administration of the communion. The acoustics of the church are particularly good for music and throughout the year the church plays host to orchestras, choral societies and other smaller groups, giving concerts throughout the year.
See the Events Calendar for information on all forthcoming events.
For details of the music for this Sunday’s service click here.
The S.A.T.B. choir numbers around twenty and is a highly committed group who meet every Friday evening from 7.30 – 9.00pm. As well as singing settings and anthems at the regular Sunday Eucharist they also sing for occasional special services. The choir is extremely friendly and enjoys social events together and is always keen to welcome new members. A new youth choir has been formed for anyone of school age which does not sing regularly but at some of the special services. The choir meets on a Friday afternoon in the church at 3.45pm during term time.
For further information contact John Cooper Green
Organist and Choirmaster – John Cooper Green
John was born in Keswick, was a choirboy at this church and began his early organ studies on the organ here. After studying with Andrew Seivewright at Carlisle Cathedral he went to the Royal College of Music where amongst his teachers were Herbert Howells, Herbert Sumsion, Nicholas Kynaston and Ralph Downes. This was followed by postgraduate studies at Durham University. His first appointment was as Assistant Organist at Chester Cathedral and Director of Music at the Cathedral Choir School. Later posts included Organist of the Collegiate Church of St.Mary Stafford and Director of Music at Framlingham College in Suffolk. Whilst there he was appointed the first conductor of the Aldeburgh Chamber Choir by Sir Peter Pears. After ten years at Framlingham he moved in 1990 to Stowe School as Director of Music and conductor of the Buckingham Choral Society. On retiring back to his home town in 2007 John became conductor of Ambleside and District Choral Society and organist and choirmaster of the Civic Church of Carlisle, St.Cuthbert’s. John is very active as an organist in the area and has played for a large number of choral societies. He is also well known as a recitalist and has recently given recitals in Carlisle and Chester Cathedral. He took over the post of organist and choirmaster at St. John’s in April 2012.
The organ at St. John’s is famous and is reputedly one of the finest in the north of England. Although small, with only fifteen speaking stops, the quality of the sound is one of almost unsurpassed beauty and it is an excellent instrument for accompanying and recital work. Built in 1912 by Harrison and Harrison and voiced by the great Arthur Harrison it contains some pipework from the earlier organ built by Augustus Gern, a foreman of the famous nineteenth century organ builder Cavaillé-Coll.
For further information and specification visit the National Pipe Organ Register website.