Music in Worship

Music plays an important part in the liturgy of all our services. In the recent years of growth at St Helen we have experimented with Choral Scholars and Organ Scholars to enhance the music in worship. Early this year we engaged 4 Choral Scholars again as part of developing our Parish Church Choir and our Director of Music is in the lead on this.

At St Helen we have a small but very efficient choir. We sing at all our Saturday services throughout the year and we are very fortunate also to have four choral scholar posts and an organ scholar. The posts run during the term times of the University of York and all our scholars are current undergraduate members of the University.

At each service we sing an introit, setting and an anthem. The anthem is taken from the great Anglican choral tradition and is used to support the readings or season of the Christian year.

We are very happy for singers to join us at St Helen and if you are interested please contact our interim Director of Music. Our practice is at 10.30 on Saturday mornings and the ability to sight read is an advantage.

Our service on Wednesday afternoon is a reflective service using the material from the Taizé tradition within a “Service of the Word” format led by a cantor. However due to Covid-19 we have adjusted the service to become a Service of Prayer and Music. In this service short organ pieces are used for gentle reflection in place of the Taizé chants.

For information about the organ recitals and concerts please see the concert folder  


October 2020