Music

worship and performance at Downing Place

JOIN THE DOWNING PLACE CHOIR

Downing Place Choir
always open to all!

Downing Place has a thriving choir of singers drawn exclusively from the membership of the church and who present a choral introit and anthem as part of our morning worship normally once a month.

Their repertoire is chosen especially to illuminate Downing Place’s particular style of worship, and the choir is always led by one of our talented directors of music, Ian de Massini or Mark Dawes.

Often, Downing Place’s Choir will be accompanied by Ian or Mark playing the magnificent Shigeru Kawai grand piano that resides in our church. Everyone is welcome to sing in the choir, and there are no auditions: nor is the ability to read music essential.

For each month a short introit and a longer anthem are prepared over two Sunday morning rehearsals, both at 10.15am, the second of which is then followed by a performance of the two pieces during the ensuing morning service. Attendance is entirely voluntary. All music is made available in advance and copies can be found upon the small table placed directly in front of the organ in church for anyone to take away and look at.

New singers are always welcome to come and be part of the choir at any time. Music, folder and pencil will all be provided: you just need to come and sing the right notes, preferably in the right order!

MUSIC IN WORSHIP

When our online services began in the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic, our musicians stepped up to the challenge of presenting a great variety of musical pieces each week, to accompany worship and to provide a sensitive and inspiring background for our reflection.

Over time, we have acquired a ‘library’ of these pieces which deserve to be heard in their own right, featuring not only our own talented Directors of Music, Mark Dawes and Ian de Massini; but our minister Nigel Uden and other church members.

Click below to visit our gallery of pieces which have been performed by our own Downing Place musicians as part of our worship.

 

LUNCHTIME CONCERTS

Downing Place organises free weekly lunchtime concerts every Wednesday at 1pm.

Demand from performers for slots is high, and we have a wonderful variety on offer, from piano, voice, brass, string quartets, organ, guitar, classical accordion and more.

Concerts last around 50 minutes and there is a retiring collection each week for our Monthly Special Cause.

Click below to visit our Lunchtime Concerts page and browse through the opportunities to hear superb music in our wonderful new space.

Here are some images and a short sequence from our recent concerts.

The church awaits its first concert audience.

A short sequence of images and music from Zacharias Brandman

Zacharias Brandman on Wednesday 16 May

Ivan Hovorun performs Liszt and Beethoven on Wednesday 23 May.