Music invites a response; emotional, spiritual and communal. Music in Worship invites that response and allows us to offer our music back to God in return, whether in congregational hymns, worship songs, 4-part harmony anthems or Taizé chants, to give a few examples. Diversity is our strength. We recognise that people's response to different kinds of music in worship can be very varied in a congregation which holds all age groups and all musical tastes, and it is precisely because our experiences of music are so individual that we hope to meet the varied needs of the congregation in worship.
Music at our 10:15 morning services at St John's can vary from a service with traditional organ hymns, played on our Conacher organ to a service with more contemporary music, played and sung by our unique music group.
We also have a small 'Sunday' choir and a larger four-part-harmony choir, the St John's Voices' who sing at special services and on special occasions. These groups not only add to our worship on a Sunday but often enjoy performing on other occasions, such as a concert, or soiree or maybe at an outside venue. Please see the individual sections for more information.
Contact details: Pam Dimbleby firstname.lastname@example.org
The organ was built by Peter Conacher & Co and was initially installed in the Oxford Road Cinema, Harrogate, before being transferred to St. John's in 1955. The organ is listed in the National Pipe Organ Register
The St John's Music Group consists of instrumentalists and singers who accompany more contemporary songs from "The Source". We offer something different, as with our present line-up of acoustic guitar, two violins, percussion and singers (with occasional flute and clarinet) we differ from people's usual concept of a church music group. In addition to Sunday (and sometimes non-Sunday) services, we provide music for other occasions, from secular jazzy Christmas songs as part of the Christingle celebrations, to pieces at a concert. We are always happy to welcome new members and at the present time are especially looking for a piano/keyboard player.
St John's Voices providing the music in the chapel at Beamish.
St John's Voices Past Events:
Brighouse Victorian Christmas
On Advent Sunday the St John's voices joined singers from many other churches to form the choir for part of the 'Nine Lessons and Carols' which was taking place. We enjoyed ourselves dressing up in Victorian costume (or as Victorian as we could make it!) and as the combined "Brighouse and Rastrick Churches Together" choir we sang some favourite carols, accompanied by Sally, our St John's accompanist. A good time was had by all!
Carol Singing at Rastrick Hall & Grange
On Thursday 5th December, members of the Rastrick Voices (the name we use when we form a joint choir from both St John's and St Matthew's, Rastrick) sang carols with the residents at Rastrick Hall and Rastrick Grange Care Homes.