Choir & Music

Hornsey Parish Church has a high quality, diverse and lively musical life.

The Hornsey Parish Church Choir sings regular Sunday Eucharists and occasional Complines and Evensongs. The choir also performs 2 – 3 large scale concerts every year, accompanied by piano, organ or orchestra. The choir rehearses on a Thursday evening 7:00pm – 8:00pm and meets at 9:30am on Sunday mornings for the service at 10:30am.

Our next exceptional events are as follows:

Sunday 9th June 6:30pm: Compline as part of the Crouch End Festival

Saturday 20th July 7:30pm: Concert with works by Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams and professional soloists

The choir is not formally auditioned, but new members are invited to meet the Music Director before a rehearsal for a short range and aural test. We currently have vacancies in all parts, and particularly seek committed tenors and basses. If you are interested in joining the choir, please email the Music Director, Dr. Edward Hughes (music@hornseyparishchurch.org).

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Hornsey Parish Church also supports a wide range of amateur and professional instrumentalist and folk musicians. We are always eager to hear from individuals or groups who would like to participate musically in our worship. We also run regular informal concerts, Come and Sing events, and even musicals! Please do get in touch if you are interested in participating in any of our future worship or concert projects.

Our Musical Director is Dr. Edward Hughes. Edward is founder-conductor of the Godwine Choir, with whom he has recorded on the EM Records label and toured internationally. Edward started his musical career at Sherborne School, where he performed as a piano and organ soloist in Sherborne Abbey, before reading Mathematics at Cambridge where he was a choral scholar at St. Catharine’s College under Edward Wickham.

Edward was principal oboist of the Cambridge University Music Society orchestra, and went on to found the Stanford Orchestra and direct the University of Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra, most notably in a performance of Brahms’ 3rd Symphony. Edward studies conducting with Paul Spicer and Patrick Allies and voice with Robert Rice.

Edward’s musical interests include medieval plainchant, polyphony of the late Renaissance, English choral music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and new music by contemporary composers, including Alec Roth, Huw Morgan and Robert Busiakiewicz. He also writes and arranges music for a number of vocal ensembles. Away from music, Edward is a senior researcher at DeepMind.