Music and the Choir

The Choir at St Swithuns

St Swithun’s has a choral tradition going back many years, and now has one of the best church choirs in the diocese. It is made up of about a dozen young people and 15 - 20 adult members.

The role of the choir is to lead the people in their regular worship of God at church. The choir at St Swithun’s also plays an important part in special festivals and celebrations during the church’s year. We recently sang evensong at Chichester Cathedral and made a CD of Easter music.

The PCC employs a professional Director of Music on a part-time basis to train the choir, conduct, and to play the organ. He is supported by an Assistant Director of Music who recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music.

The Adult Choir currently has a small number vacancies for singers with some experience and musical ability.

Why join?

Learn to sing and read music -  Make new friends in choir club and have fun outside school Enjoy special occasions in the church and town, and the satisfaction of doing something well.


Adrian Goss our Director of Music

Adrian Goss graduated from the Royal Academy of Music where he studied piano and clarinet, and is also a graduate in composition from the University of Durham. Adrian subsequently commenced vocal studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Arthur Reckless and later with Ian Partridge CBE and Sir Peter Pears CBE. He currently studies with Paul Farrington, vocal consultant with the Royal Opera.

He was previously a Lay Clerk at Ely Cathedral, subsequently deputy Lay Vicar and Vicar Choral at Westminster Abbey and St Pauls Cathedral, and later at H.M Chapel Royal, Hampton Court.

He made his London debut as a soloist at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1985, subsequently working widely in Britain as a concert singer working with many leading orchestras and appearing at festivals in concert halls and cathedrals, including extensive work with many choral societies and as a recitalist. 

His concert repertoire is wide ranging, from the Passions of Bach, Schutz, Purcell and Handel to twentieth century works by Honneger, Tippett, Burgon and Britten.

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