Here you will find news of events and developments in the music at Stoke Minster

Young Voices Festival

On Tuesday, 5th March, almost 200 children from local primary schools met for a Young Voices Festival in Stoke Minster. The pupils, from St Werburgh's CE Primary School, Kinglsey, Our Lady's Catholic Primary School, Fenton and St Peter's Catholic Primary School, Cobridge, had been preparing in school for the festival, learning music from a variety of periods and styles under the direction of Jonathan Hill. They came together on the day to rehearse for a service on the theme of 'The Bread of Life'. The service, led by the Bishop of Stafford, Rt. Revd. Geoff Annas, was recorded by BBC Radio Stoke and broadcast on 14th April.

Carol Service - 16th December

Stoke Minster was full to capacity for the Minster/BBC Radio Stoke carol service on Sunday 16th December. The Minster Choir and St Peter's Singers sang carols including The Sussex Carol, in the arrangement by Philip Ledger who died recently. The conuctor was Jonathan Hill, and the organists Nigel Morris and Mathew Blackhurst.

The service will be broadcast on Christmas Eve at 6.00 pm and again on Christmas Day at 1.00 pm on 94.6FM.

Advent Carol Service - 2nd December

The beginning of Advent was marked at Stoke Minster with an Advent Carol Service, featuring the Minster Choir and St Peter's Singers. The service began with a Responsory by Palestrina, sung from the west end of the church with soloists on the gallery. Other music included "There is a flower springing", by Praetorius and including a round by Vulpius; John Joubert's "There is no rose"; and "I sing of a maiden" by Patrick Hadley.

The hymns included "O come, o come Emmanuel" and "Lo, he comes with clouds descending".


The two choirs will next be singing together for the Carol Service on 16th December.