Welcome to the music at St Olave’s
The Eucharist is at the heart of our life as a community at St Olave's, holding us together in our diversity. Our worship is formal, with a ritual that is performed carefully but with a lightness of touch, creating time for reflection and allowing a sense of God’s presence. It is an intentionally inclusive form of worship that creates the space for us to be ourselves and yet simultaneously part of a greater whole. There is an emphasis on the ministry of the word and sacraments as well as music.
The high standard of sung worship at St Olave's is led our Director of Music, Keith Wright, assisted by Max Elliott, who is the first holder of the Frank Elliott Organ Scholarship. There is a mixed robed choir presently comprising adults, teenagers and the Junior Choir. We are fortunate in being able to draw upon a wide and growing repertoire. Music is very closely linked to the liturgy at St Olave's and much thought and effort goes towards ensuring that what is sung enriches our worship.
Choir recruitment is ongoing; we currently have a Junior Choir (ages 6-13) section which meets on Tuesdays from 4.15 - 5.15 pm. Other singers are welcome; the choir currently includes singers of school or university age through to those who are retired. The Director of Music is always happy to talk to prospective members, either after a service or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The organ in St Olave's is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the city. Built by J W Walker and Sons in 1907, it has been enlarged and overhauled many times, most recently in 2004. A history and stop-list is available here.