St Margaret's Church Ipswich

OUR MUSIC

“Praise the Lord....Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”  Psalm 150: 1,6

Music is an important integral part of our worship at St. Margaret’s.  We have a wide range which includes:

The Choir:  St. Margaret’s supports a robed choir of men, women and children which leads the singing every Sunday morning except on the fourth Sunday of each month.  We also sing at evening prayer on the 3rd Sunday and choral evensong on the 4th Sunday.  We sing a wide variety of music ranging from the medieval to the modern, and while we strive to obtain the highest standard of performance that we are capable of, the emphasis is on enjoyment and aiding the worship in our Church.  We ask that choristers attend as regularly as possible, while recognising that we have to be flexible in order to accommodate other commitments that they may have.  Choir practice is in the Church from 7.00pm till 8.30pm every Thursday. 

Why join the St Margaret’s Church Choir?

 As a church and choir we believe that the universal language of music enriches the lives and worship of all. We sing a range of music spanning the years from the Elizabethan era through to modern composers.

 We hope to engage and inspire children to develop both a love of music and their talent as musicians. This in turn will increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

 Music contributes to a child’s personal and social development, citizenship and health in many ways.

 Singing is at the heart of music making. Children learn to work as a team and build up good relationships with other people whilst developing their ability to sing in tune.

 Music forms the basis of many social activities and has a vital role to play in building self-confidence. Singing in a choir, either as a member or as a soloist, is sometimes one of the most memorable things young people do.

 Singing helps to develop the disciplined skills of recognising pulse and pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and musical notation. As children get older they learn to maintain their concentration for longer.

 Listening, creating or performing music is often a moving and even spiritual experience. We encourage children to reflect on the important effect that music has on their own and other people’s moods, senses and quality of life.

 In addition music contributes significantly to the improvement of:

· English:- actively promoting the skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening

· Language skills:- through singing songs, with attention to diction, meaning, rhythm and rhyme

· Mathematics:- by studying music, observing patterns and processes, as the rhythm and structure of music is mathematically based

  • Health & wellbeing:- through exercise of the major muscle groups in the upper body, increasing the oxygenation of the blood, and improving overall alertness.  In addition it is linked to longevity, stress reduction, development of links in the brain and general health maintenance.

 And what is more it is:–

Fun, Free and You Get Paid!


Music Group:  The Music Group provides music for Evening Worship (first Sunday of each month) and some Sunday morning services.  The group’s role is to complement the leading of worship provided by the choir and organist.  New members to the group would be warmly welcomed - musical ability is of less importance than commitment  to Christ and the group itself. If you would like more information about the music group, or are interested in joining, please contact stmagsmusic@gmail.com 

The Band:  The St. Margaret’s band leads the worship at the 9.30am Rise and Shine service on the 4th Sunday of each month .  There are no criteria, particularly in respect of age or ability, that need to be met as a qualification for membership of the band.  It is open to all and it provides an opportunity for young people learning to play an instrument to participate in a small orchestra where enjoyment takes priority over perfection!  The band’s repertoire extends across a wide range of music from short classical pieces, through traditional hymns to modern worship songs.  If you are a beginner on the recorder/violin or a bit rusty with a rarely played clarinet hidden in the attic, come and join us - you’ll be most welcome!  It’s only once a month with a short practice before the service. 

Bellringers:  The band of bell ringers at St. Margaret’s embraces both the young and those who are still young at heart, male and female.  We ring the eight bells regularly for morning service from 10.15am until just before the 10.45 am service and also for festivals and at times of celebration. If you would like to learn the art and science of bellringing and are prepared to commit yourself to regular practice and service ringing we would welcome you to our ranks.  We can teach you all you need to know. Practice is every Thursday evening between 7pm and 9pm.