St Paul’s, Harringay has a rich and varied musical offering, led by our Director of Music, Bethany Burrow Atherton.
St Paul’s, Harringay uses two hymnals: Hymns Ancient & Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship, which is the main hymnal used for our services; and the English Hymnal, which is sometimes used for seasonal hymns.
The Sunday morning Eucharist service is sung and we are currently using the Armagh Setting by Peter Thompson. During Advent and Lent, we use a setting by Leah Stuttard (a congregation member) that was written especially for us based on plainsong chants.
While St Paul’s, Harringay doesn’t have its own regular choir, a group of singers drawn from local churches and other musical contacts has been formed into the “Evensong Choir”, which sings for Choral Evensong, Carols by Candlelight and certain special services throughout the year.
Music is an important part of our outreach work at St Paul’s, Harringay. We host a programme of concerts and recitals called “Music on the Ladder” (in reference to the church’s location on the Harringay ladder), which has included medieval harp, baroque flute, light opera and vocal ensembles. We have also put on several “Come & Sing” events, including Handel’s Messiah and Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance.
We also use music as part of our alternative services, including Beer & Hymns. This occasional service does exactly what is says – come and sing all your favourite hymns with a pint in your hand! Keep an eye on our services list for upcoming Beer & Hymns events.