At the moment, in response to guidances and restrictions related to COVID-19, the full choirs are not singing in liturgies.
Instead, the Parish Eucharist (every Sunday at 10:00 am) is being sung by a soloist/cantor plus accompanist, and Choral Evensong (every Sunday at 5:30pm) is sung by a small ensemble of Choral Scholars. You are warmly invited to attend both services, in person or by livestream. Click here for details on attending in person and the safety protocols in place.
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St. John the Divine supports two choirs, though how they are able to share the gift of music with us looks, as with many things, different than has been the norm in the past.
The Choristers of St. John the Divine are planning a recording project of some choral music by Florence Price. Plans are also being made for how we can transform our Lessons and Carols service into an online project featuring carols sung by the Choristers, perhaps also with recorded readings by a variety of parishioners, and many of the favourite congregational carols that we are unable to sing together in person this year.
The Community Choir is putting together a hymn project in cooperation with the Cathedral. Over the next few weeks, willing members of our choir and the Cathedral's 9 o'clock choir will practice and record a variety of favourite hymns, which will be made available, with words (similar to how we had hymns during the Zoom service) as a 'virtual hymn sing' online.