Music at St. Elisabeth’s
Music plays a big part in St. Elisabeth’s services and worship.
Our Sunday Eucharist is typically sung including the Gloria, the Gospel Acclamation and the Eucharistic Prayer. Our choir rehearse weekly and lead the worship at the majority of our services.
Our Family Eucharist is more relaxed with our Music Group leading the worship in addition to a more modern style of hymn being used.
St Elisabeth’s Choir
St. Elisabeth’s Church maintains a choral tradition of a high standard, with a repertoire of music spanning the centuries from medieval plainsong to modern music. The choir consists of around twenty people of all ages and from all walks of life who share a common love of making music together.
The choir’s primary responsibility is to maintain a pattern of regular choral services from week to week, including the main sung Sunday Eucharist, and regular Evensong and Benediction, and weekday feasts.
Anybody is welcome to join the choir; experience of singing in choirs in not necessary, nor is the ability to read music. Much more important is enthusiasm for sacred music.
The choir rehearse between 6:30 and 8:15 on Friday evening (with a tea break half way through!), and also occasional extra rehearsals at busy times. If you would like to find out more, come to practice (entrance through the Sacristy door).
For more information about our choir, contact our organist and choir leader Anthony Dawson.
We have an informal music group, which leads the worship at our Family Eucharist on the third Sunday of the month. If you would like to join the music group, please contact Alison Mitchell.
Our bell ringers are a trained team who ring the bells for weddings and other special occasions.
St. Elisabeth’s Church, serves a large parish of 12,000 people and was consecrated in 1883. Since 2004 it has been a grade one listed building. It is fortunate in possessing one of the finest pipe organs in the country, which was built at the same time as the church by the top organ builder of the time, Hill and Son of London. It is a testimony to the quality and national importance of the instrument that the original opening recital was played by the then organist of Westminster Abbey.
The organ has been in constant use since 1883, for accompanying Sunday services, for weddings, baptisms, funerals as well as concerts and other functions. There can be few families in Reddish for whom the organ at St. Elisabeth’s has not been played, at one of life’s great events over the last 120 years.