Our Music

The Choir

Director of Music: Cliodna Shanahan
Director of Music: Clíodna Shanahan

St Leonard’s Church Choir is a friendly group of around 12 regulars who sing for the 10am Eucharist and 6.30pm Evensong every Sunday. On the first Sunday of every month we sing full Choral Evensong, Cathedral style.

In addition to the weekly round, our programme includes special services at Advent, Christmas, Passiontide and Easter.

From time to time we give liturgical performances of works such as Bach’s St John Passion, Monteverdi’s Beatus Vir, and Charpentier’s Midnight Mass for Christmas Eve, accompanied by St Leonard’s own orchestra. We have contributed to festival concerts in Streatham, and have sung Choral Evensong in a number of Cathedrals as the visiting choir.

Our repertoire is adventurous and varied and covers a wide range from mediaeval to modern, both a cappella and accompanied by organ.

Our membership includes a mixture of amateur singers and professionals in music or theatre.

We rehearse in St Leonard’s on Wednesday evenings from 8 to 9.30pm and welcome enquiries from all voices. Some ability to read music and experience in choral singing would be helpful, but enthusiasm and commitment are just as desirable! For further information, please contact Clíodna Shanahan, our Director of Music.

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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.

The Bell Ringers

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. Each bell can literally weigh a tonne, 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.

We are always pleased to welcome new recruits: experienced ringers, lapsed ringers or absolute beginners. Please contact the Tower Secretary Gill Tomlinson.

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Bell ringers