Music in the main services at St. Helen's is led by the choir. The choir is a mixed choir of adults, children and young people. The age range is fully representative of the St. Helen's congregation, from (almost) the very youngest to the oldest. It is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music, and sings a wide range of anthems, psalms and service settings, as well as leading congregational hymn singing.

Choir members rehearse once a week on Friday evenings: juniors starting at 5.30, adults starting at 6.00, and ending together at 7.00 (although younger children often stop at 6.30). Rehearsals are fun and lively! We also generally get through quite a lot of music, and the Anglican choral tradition contains many pieces that are enormously enjoyable to sing. The choir meets for a further short rehearsal immediately before services.

Choral Evensong

The choir is always very happy to welcome new members. If you are interested in joining, or if you are a parent and your child is interested in joining, in the first instance please contact the Director of Music, Peter Foster, to discuss this. 

Midnight Service at Christmas

To help you decide whether it is the right thing for you, here are a few common questions:

organ3manualThe organ is a fine three-manual Harrison and Harrison instrument, which was completely restored in 2005.

A comprehensive history of the organ, written by David Wickens a former Director of Music at St Helen's, was published in the early 2000's and is available from the Parish Office.

Dr Peter FosterDr Peter Foster is the current Director of Music.

He can be contacted through the Parish Office, St Helen's Court, Abingdon, OX14 5BS

or by email