St Paul’s has a strong and diverse musical tradition. During term time, our sung worship is led by the University of Bristol Church Choir and our Organ Scholars. Though rooted in the Anglican choral tradition, we use a varied repertoire including Taizé and Iona chants, traditional hymns and more modern songs, as well as choral anthems and motets, frequently premiering new compositions. We normally use the organ in our worship, but often use the piano and have a number of talented instrumentalists who play occasionally too.
Recitals and concerts are often held in the Church.
The Church and Upper Room are both available for rehearsal for groups of any size.
One Equal Music
One Equal Music is an exciting new project encompassing a variety of musical and arts-based events, with a focus on inclusivity. Many of our concerts and other events will come under the One Equal Music banner, so please check out our website here!
The University of Bristol Church Choir is always happy to be joined by new members. The choir operates as a society affiliated to the University of Bristol Students’ Union, but also welcomes singers from outside of the university. Highlights over the year include our Advent Carol Service, Choral Evensongs, concerts and a week-long tour to sing at a UK cathedral. Have a look at our web page, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or speak to someone from the choir after church if you’re interested in joining us – there’s no audition!
The University of Bristol Church Choir at 50
The St Paul’s Choir will be approximately 50 years old in September 2022, dating roughly from when the Organ Scholarship was started by John Allen and Professor Raymond Warren in 1972. We’re planning a weekend of events to mark this milestone: if you’re a former choir member or Organ Scholar, we’d love to invite you to the celebrations – please get in touch using the choir email address above and we’ll send you more information!
St Paul’s offers an organ scholarship to students studying any course at the University of Bristol. The scholarship is an excellent opportunity for those looking to develop their skills as a church musician in a safe and supportive environment. The organ scholars at St Paul’s are responsible for leading the music during term time, including directing and rehearsing the University of Bristol Church Choir, however applicants are not expected to have prior knowledge of choir direction and will be supported in developing this skill in their first year by the Senior Organ Scholar. With no director of music at St Paul’s, the organ scholars will gain a great deal of practical experience, playing or conducting every week, while being supported and encouraged by the choir, clergy team and other members of the church.
Full details of the Scholarship are available here. The next vacancy for the Organ Scholarship at St Paul’s will likely be from autumn 2023, however there are other organ scholarships available through the University of Bristol which may be of interest: information can be found here.
The organ was built by F. Rothwell in 1905, incorporating some earlier pipework, but was substantially reconstructed in 1975 by Percy Daniel & Co. in a more eclectic style. It has 29 speaking stops over 2 manuals and pedals, with electric action.
The church also has a fine Bechstein grand piano on the dais and a digital piano in the upper room.