Within the Guildford catholic parishes we are lucky to have a wide range of high quality, diverse but accessible styles of music, able to enhance the liturgy at Mass and other services.
10.00am Mass Choir
The choir is an is an active liturgical choir of men and women (SATB), which is currently re-forming. The choir leads the music at the10.00 mass on Sundays. The choir also sings at important feasts (e.g. Christmas and Easter).
The choir's ministry is to assist our parish's worship by leading the congregation in the singing of responses, acclamations and hymns of the liturgy, enhancing congregational music by way of harmonising, providing descants and singing choral music from the treasury of sacred music.
5pm Mass Band
The 5pm Mass band consist of a band leader and a group of some 20 musicians (including drummers, bass players, guitarists, a celloist, flutist, pianist and singers) and sound engineers. The majority of the musicians and singers are young people with support provided by Guildford Youth Ministry (GYM).
The music ministry at the 6pm Mass is a unique mix of traditional and contemporary music. People travel from beyond Guildford to experience the dynamic Mass, enhanced by the vibrant and relevant Mass music.
St Joseph's 5pm Mass Setting The band leader has written a contemporary Mass Setting that has been approved by the Catholic Bishop's Conference of England and Wales.
Below is recordings of the Mass settings,
5pm Mass Example Songs Also below is small collection of some of the songs used during Mass
St Pius x
On Sunday mornings we support a fully sung Mass – fairly traditional in format, but using mainly more modern music. We sing a number of different Mass settings in varying styles, and change setting according to the season; we sing the Psalm of the day, Eucharistic Acclamations and aim to choose Hymns that relate to the Word and the season.
We are accompanied by some talented musicians, including a young organist, a young flautist, a young violinist and a pianist.
We are always ready to welcome new singers and musicians – and would also be enthusiastic to support any group that might want to provide an occasional alternative to the traditional choir but without needing to make a regular commitment.