Music at St John’s

Music has always been a vital part of our life at St John’s, with the choir, organ, music group and bellringers all contributing to our worship and our outreach to the town.

We have hosted many musical events over the years, from solo recitals to brass band concerts, as well as Singing Days for local choral societies.


Choir – We have a robed Choir

The Choir meets for practice on Friday evenings at 7 pm in the church and all are very welcome to join.

The Choir has been an essential part of the fabric of St John’s for many years, and sings at the main 10 a.m. service on a Sunday, as well as for festivals. Affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music, it is for all ages and abilities, with its repertoire stretching from the 12th to the 21st century.

The extended Robed Choir at Christmas

The Music Group has recently reformed after COVID, and helping to lead the music at the family service on the first Sunday of the month. Music is arranged specifically to fit the players and we’d love to have more people involved.

For more details on the Choir or Music Group, contact Paul Simpson on or have a chat with him or members of the choir after a Sunday service.

Organ and Grand Piano

The Binns Organ is currently undergoing major restoration for the first time in over 50 years, rectifying the damage caused by wear and tear as well as the elements. This will make it fit for use to accompany services and as a solo instrument for decades to come. Currently, all services are being accompanied on the grand piano.

Bell Ringing

The Ringers meet to Practice on Monday Evenings 8-9pm.

We ring regularly for Sunday morning service and on special occasions. Come along to a practice session or speak with Doug Stewart or Colin Squires for more information.

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