Music at Westbourne

Music has played an important part in the worship at Westbourne for many years and we continue that tradition today with a flourishing choir of adults and children.

In 2001, the parish made a huge commitment in the commissioning of a substantial new pipe organ by Kenneth Tickell.


> Music scheme for March 2020 (PDF opens in a new window)


Singing at Westbourne


Choristers standing outside the church in their robes and surplices

The Choir at Westbourne is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). Our SATB choir includes a core of ten adults and nine children, currently aged from eight to eleven.


Junior Choir

Singing is an area where children who do not play an instrument can participate fully in a musical activity. We operate the RSCM ‘Voice for Life’ scheme. During the central spoken part of our Parish Communion service, the Junior Choir meets in the choir vestry to study music theory and how what we sing in the choir relates to the church’s seasons and the Christian message. During choir practice, choristers are taught how to use their singing voices properlyand to learn a broad repertoire of music which spans several centuries. Perhaps most importantly, they are treated as full members of the choir on equal terms with the adults and this is one of the things that makes membership of a church choir unique.

If you have a son or daughter who might like to join us, we suggest that you bring them along to a Thursday rehearsal at 6pm and we can see how they get on. We don’t do voice tests for children because we believe that most can develop, with our guidance, into capable singers if that is what they want to do.

Adult Choir

We have a complete SATB choir on most Sundays and we are always looking for new singers, particularly altos, tenors and basses. Some music reading ability is essential (e.g. ABRSM Grade 4) and, for sopranos, a range that comfortably includes top A and a quality that will blend with the voices of our young singers.

Music at Services

We have a comprehensive choir music library and an anthem is sung at the Parish Communion service together with, on first and second Sundays, a gradual psalm in the Coverdale translation sung to Anglican chant. We are committed to continuing the tradition of choral evensong and the opportunities it gives our junior choir to learn this important repertoire and we hold this service at least once a term. We also participate in the annual RSCM festival in Chichester Cathedral.

Once a month, the informal non-eucharistic ‘Worship for All’ service includes worship songs, accompanied by our music group.

Choir Practices

Thursday    Junior choir 6-6.45pm, full choir 7pm to 7.30pm, adults 7.30pm to 8pm
Sunday       Full choir 09:00am to 09:15am
For further details please contact our Director of Music, Mr Stewart Taylor on Tel: 023 9258 0672 or by email.



Players of instruments are always welcome and there are playing opportunities in most of our services, mainly taking the form of instrumental voluntaries before the service. Young people who wish to learn the organ will be encouraged and supported.

If you are interested in finding out more, contact the Director of Music, Mr Stewart Taylor.


Westbourne church organ showing the two manuals and part of the pipesThe organ at St John the Baptist Church, Westbourne

The church has a two-manual Kenneth Tickell pipe organ which was installed in 2002.

More about the organ at Westbourne

> Organ recitals and events at Westbourne, 2018-2019

> Callum Alger Recital, 16 June 2019

William McVicker Talk and Recital, 21 September 2019

> Concerts


Music at Woodmancote

There are usually two Sunday services each month at Woodmancote Church and hymns are accompanied on the keyboard by a member of our organist team.



Westbourne Church is pleased to host a number of recitals throughout the year. Discover more about music performances you can attend held in this lovely building in our events section of the website.
The last concert was in September 2019 and included a talk and recital by William McVicker.


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