Director of Music
The Director of Music is Calum Fraser. Please see www.calumfraser.co.uk for more information.
St Leonard’s Church Choir is a group of amateur singers, who are led by professionals Calum Fraser (Director of Music) and Travis Baker (Organist). The choir sings for the 10am Eucharist and 6.30pm Evensong every Sunday, as well as special services at Advent, Christmas, Passiontide and Easter.
In the past, the choir has contributed to festival concerts in Streatham, and have sung Choral Evensong in a number of Cathedrals as the visiting choir. The repertoire is adventurous and varied and covers a wide range from medieval to modern, both a cappella and accompanied by organ.
The choir rehearses in St Leonard’s on Thursday evenings from 8pm to 9.30pm and we are always keen to welcome new singers. Some experience in choral singing is useful, as is enthusiasm and commitment! To arrange an informal audition, please contact Calum Fraser.
In January 2020, St Leonard’s will be starting a non-auditioned children’s choir, which will join the adult choir for certain services. If you have a child who is interested in joining this group, please contact Calum Fraser for more details.
Travis Baker will be taking up the post of Organist in September 2019. Please see www.travis-baker.co.uk for more information.
On the second Sunday, the evening service is called Taizé prayer. It comes from a place called Taizé in France, where people from all over the world make a pilgrimage throughout the year to pray together.
Taizé worship is especially designed for Christians of all backgrounds, ages and nationalities. It is therefore an informal service with Bible readings, simple sung chants and long periods of silent reflection.
We gather around the altar in candlelight, and the service is seated throughout. We aim for it to last around 50 mins.
If you would like to learn the songs before the service and enjoy some pre-service refreshments you are welcome to arrive from 5.15pm.
Please contact Julie McCann.
Bell ringing dates back hundreds of years and is deeply rooted in our culture. At St Leonard’s the church bells call us Sunday by Sunday to come together for worship and in celebration. Bell ringing is a mix of physical exercise and feats of memory. Church bells can weigh from about a hundredweight up to four tons (the largest at St Leonard’s is just under 13 cwt or 650 Kg), and change ringing involves complex interweaving patterns. But learning bell ringing is about technique rather than strength or mathematical ability.
The Bell Ringers ring on Sunday mornings from 9.30am for the 10am Service, and on Sunday evenings by arrangement. Practice is from 8 to 9.30pm on Tuesday evenings.