Music in St Giles'

With a professional quartet of singers at services, regular concerts in the Church, three outstanding pipe organs, a Steinway D grand piano and its use for recording sessions and broadcasts, music is a major part of the life of the Church. The Royal College of Organists Academy Organ School is based here with regular tuition in Church music.

Sundays in September



September 3rd Twelfth Sunday after Trinity


Service by Ives

Common Worship

CHOIR GRADUAL Lassus We adore Thee O Christ

CHOIR COMMUNION Goss O Saviour of the World

PSALM 26 1-8 with Chant 122

ORGAN PRELUDE Vierne Pastorale (played by Aine Kennedy)

ORGAN POSTLUDE Dubois Toccata in G

HYMNS 557 Gerontius; 582 Breslau; 418 Abbot’s Leigh


September 10th  Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity


Service by Ives

Common Worship

PSALM 119. 33-40 with Chant 55

CHOIR GRADUAL JS Bach Jesu, joy of man’s desiring

CHOIR COMMUNION Fauré Cantique de Jean Racine

ORGAN PRELUDE JS Bach  Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend  BWV 709

ORGAN POSTLUDE  JS Bach  Prelude in G BWV 541

HYMNS556 Austria;  492 Wareham; 81 Lord of the Years


September 17th  Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

with baptism


Service by Ives

Common Worship 

CHOIR GRADUAL Gibbons Almighty and evelasting God

CHOIR COMMUNION SS Wesley Lead me Lord

ORGAN PRELUDE  Fleury A la Sainte Vierge (played by John Zhang)

ORGAN POSTLUDE Buxtehude Praeludium in C

HYMNS 619 Laudes Domini; 251 All things bright; 470 Here I am, Lord; 466 Coe Fen


September 24th  Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity

10 a.m. PARISH EUCHARIST  Service by Ives

Common Worship

PSALM 145. 1-8 with Chant 24

CHOIR GRADUAL Beaumont Christ is all in all                

CHOIR COMMUNION Whitbourn Blessings on you from the Lord

ORGAN PRELUDE  Whitlock  Preambule

ORGAN POSTLUDE  Whitlock  Prelude on "Darwall's 148th"

HYMNS 166 Diademata; 442 Hyfrydol (278); 626 Darwall’s 148th


Suggestions to those Organising Carol Services at St Giles Cripplegate

Is it a concert or a service?

If your event includes Bible readings and prayers, please refer to it as a service rather than a concert.



We recommend that you:

  • Tell the Nativity story in a logical order.
  • Check with the Rector if you want to include secular readings.
  • Ensure that your readings last no more than three minutes.
  • Book a time to rehearse your readers.


Congregational Carols

We recommend that you:

  • Start and end with extremely familiar carols/hymns, remembering that nowadays non-churchgoers are unfamiliar with what used to be well-known items.
  • Check that the carol texts match the readings, as far as possible.
  • Include at least five congregational items, as people are always eager to have a good sing.  If you fear that will make your service too long, cut out some of the verses.
  • Carefully proof-read carol-texts, especially if downloading them from the internet: look out for American spelling and strange, unfamiliar verses.
  • Check with the Rector or Director of Music if you wish to include secular choral or congregational items.  We may advise you to sing the secular item at the reception following the service, rather than at the service itself.
  • Expect the organist to use the Chancel organ or the Steinway B piano to accompany your choir; the Chancel organ is remarkably versatile and allows the organist to see the conductor.
  • Expect the organist to use the Grand organ to accompany the congregational items. 
  • Allow the organist time to travel from one instrument to another. It is usually best to provide a reading between items on the two different organs, so that the service is not held up by the organist walking through the church.
  • Let the organist lead the congregational items, as she/he won’t be able to see the conductor from the Grand organ.
  • Expect the introduction to congregational carols to be the start, not the end, of the tune.  The 2-beat gap between the verses will be within the metre. 


Order of Service

Please check your Order of Service with the Rector when it is in proof stage.


Organising your choir

Please remember to:

  • Tell us in advance how you want your choir to be seated, and how many chairs will be required.
  • Book your choir rehearsals in the church, and clarify whether you want St. Giles’ Director of Music to play for you.
  • Decide whether the choir should process during the first hymn and recess during the last hymn, or simply start and stay on the chancel.  If you decide to process and/or recess, we recommend that you practise this with your choir.
  • Tell your choir to be in their places at least five minutes before the service, so that the service can start punctually.


Useful contacts

We are very happy to help with any advice you need:

Administrator, Diane Corbin

Director of Music/Organist, Anne Marsden Thomas

Rector, Revd. Katharine Rumens

The Director of Music

Anne Marsden Thomas (Director of Music)

Anne has been Director of Music at St Giles' since 1980. She founded St. Giles International Organ School in 1992 and directed it until January 2012 when it became part of the education programme of RCO Academy. For many years she also directed the annual RCO Academy Summer Course for Organists in the City of London which regularly attracted 60-75 students from around the world. She is widely known for her work as organ teacher, concert organist and church musician. Her concert and teaching work has taken her to the USA, Japan, Europe and all over the UK, and she has made several commercial recordings. She has written and edited many books for organists, published by Oxford University Press, Cramer Music and the Royal School of Church Music. She has wide experience of examining grade examinations and diplomas. As well as teaching students of all standards, Anne enjoys training organ teachers.

Elizabeth Day (Organist)  

Elizabeth was educated in Scotland and attended Dundee University where she read mathematics as well holding the post of Assistant Organist of Dundee Cathedral. After graduating she trained as a primary school teacher and has taught in schools in Dundee, Edinburgh and Switzerland.

Whilst working in Edinburgh, she started taking organ lessons with Anne Marsden Thomas.  She has given many solo recitals including at Oxford Town Hall, St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, and Lichfield Cathedral as well as at several churches in London. 

She lives in South London with her husband and daughter.

John Zhang (Organ Scholar)

John attends the City of London School and lives in Wapping with his parents and young sister.  He has played the organ for three years, recently gaining 141 out of 150 in his Grade 6 ABRSM exam; he is now a student at the Junior branch of the Royal Academy of Music, studying under Frederick Stocken and Anne Marsden Thomas.  He hopes to gain an organ scholarship to Oxford or Cambridge.

The Choir

The professional vocal quartet sings two anthems and leads the congregational singing at the Sunday morning service. The choir is also available for special services (weddings, funerals, memorials, livery and carol services).

Thomas Kennedy (bass)

Previously a choral scholar at New College, Oxford, Thomas taught maths before returning to postgraduate study at the GSMD, where he won the English Song Prize. Since graduating with distinction in 2009,

Highlights of his concert work include The Messiah with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, Iain Burnside's song project The lads in their hundreds at Kings Place and on BBC Radio 3, in which his contribution was singled out by Opera Now as 'a tour de force', and Ives' General William Booth enters the Kingdom of Heaven with Sir Andrew Davis and the BBCSO at the Barbican Hall. Tom is a consummate musician; his ability to lead or blend as required makes him a valued member of the quartet.

Rosie Midgley (mezzo-soprano)

Born and educated in Cambridge, Rosie read music at Bristol university, and graduated with a Masters in Performance from York university in 2009.

She sings regularly with Musica Secreta an Aurora Nova, and recent operatic roles have included Sorceress (Dido and Aeneus), Flilpyevna (Eugene Onegin) and Erda (Das Rheingold). She has performed as a soloist with Northern Sinfonia, The Scottish Ensemble, Horologue and The Valentin Baroque Players at venues and festivals in the UK and abroad, and performs regularly in recital.

She has recorded for film and television at Abbey Road, Maida Vale and Air Studios, as well as many CD recording projects. She was the featured soloist on the soundtrack to David Starkey's acclaimed Elizabeth and Monarchy series (Channel 4). She continues her studies with American born mezzo-soprano Jenny Miller. Rosie’s rich voice makes a vivid contribuation to the vocal quartet. 

Penny Sharpe (soprano)

Penny Sharpe was born in Tasmania where she trained at the Conservatorium. After singing in the Lyric Opera Company, Brisbane, she joined the Song Company (an a capella ensemble specialising in early and contemporary music) in Sydney. With the Song Company she was involved in festivals, concerts, recordings, children's concerts and live broadcasts on national radio, plus tours of South Korea and New Zealand and throughout Australia. Currently she earns a regular salary working in market research, primarily in wine and spirits, while taking professional singing engagements on a part-time basis. Her clear, warm voice is supported by a flawless technique and perfect intonation

Robin Whitehouse (tenor)

Robin Whitehouse studied voice and horn for a year at the Royal College of Music before reading maths at Oxford University. Whilst at Oxford he sang and played with all the major university choirs and orchestras, and continued to sing with the choir of St Mary the Virgin (the University church) until taking up his post at St Giles.

Operatic roles have included Alfredo (La Traviata), Abinadab (world premiere of Sam Hogarth’s David and Goliath with New Chamber Opera and most recently Prince Ramiro (La Cenerentola).

Solo engagements have included Evangelist in Bach’s Passions, Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Britten’s Serenade, Nocturne and St Nicolas, as well as Strauss’s 2nd Horn Concerto and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.1. He was recently invited to take part in a public masterclass on Mahler songs with the Oxford University Orchestra, taken by Ian Bostridge. He currently studies with Ann de Renais.Robin has an extraordinary dynamic range throughout his wide vocal compass. 

The Organs

There are three organs at St Giles'.  The grand organ and the chancel organ are in the body of the church; the practice organ is in the vestry. 

The Grand Organ 

The Grand Organ, mounted on a gallery, has three manuals, a radiating/concave pedalboard, mechanical action, 39 speaking stops, balanced Swell pedal and a full range of modern accessories including a sequencer. This organ is ideal for solo work, and for accompanying musicians in the west gallery. Organ history: Jordan & Bridge 1733, Willis 1872, Jones 1902, Mander 1970. It was cleaned and restored in Autumn 2008.




Double Open Diapason 16
Open Diapason 8
Stopt. Diapason 8
Principal 4
Flute 4
Twelfth 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Larigot 1 1/3
Mixture lll
Fourniture lV-Vl
Mounted Cornet V
Trumpet 8
Clarion 4
Great Reeds on Choir
Swell to Great 


SWELL (enclosed)
Open Diapason
Stopt. Diapason 8'
Viola 8
Principal 4
Fifteenth 2
Mixture lll
Contra hautboy 16
Cornopean 8
Clariaon 4


Open Diapason 16
Bourdon 16
Octave 8
Flute 8
Gemshorn 4
Mixture lll
Trombone 16
Trumpet 8
Swell to Pedal
Choir to Pedal


CHOIR (unenclosed)
Stopt. Diapason 8
Dulciana 8
Principal 4
Nason Flute 4
Nazard 2 2/3
Spitz Flute 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Mounted Cornet V (from Great)
Cymbel lll
Cremona 8
Swell to Choir


Key compass C to a3 (58 notes)
Pedal compass C to f1 (30 notes) Radiating Concave


8 general pistons, arranged above the Swell manual, with 16 memories
5 department pistons to Swell, Great, Choir.
5 combination pedals to Pedal department (right of centre)
5 combination pedals to Swell department (left of centre)
All couplers available as reversible pistons
Swell to Great, Great to Pedal also available as reversible coupler pedals
Rocker switch for Great and Pedal Combinations Coupler,
Rocker switch for Generals on Swell Combination Pedals
Independent sequencer, with three 'Next' pistons, one 'Next' pedal, and one 'Back' piston General cancel piston
Fully adjustable bench
Independent lights for manuals and pedals.


Mechanical action to manuals and pedals, with electrical stop action and electrical assistance on Swell to Great.


The Chancel Organ 

The chancel organ was installed 2008, has two manuals, a straight/concave pedalboard, mechanical action, 15 speaking stops, a balanced Swell pedal and a full range of modern accessories including generals and a stepper. This organ is ideal for accompanying musicians on the large chancel, to which it is adjacent.  There are unique carvings on the woodwork




Open Diapason 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Principal 4
Fifteenth 2
Mixture IV 11/3
Trumpet 8
Swell to Great


Gedackt 8
Principal 4
Chimney flute 4
Recorder 2
Sesquialtera II 22/3
Oboe 8


Bourdon 16
Principal 8
Trumpet 8

Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal


Key compass C to a3 (58 notes)
Pedal compass C to f1 (30 notes) Straight Concave


6 divisional pistons/toe pedals and 8 general pistons served by 66 memories
Gt and Ped combinations coupler
Generals on Swell toe pistons
Adjustable toe pedal to give Swell to Pedal/Stepper Advance/Stepper Reverse
Fully adjustable bench


Adjustable music stand
Talking stops device
Rings on the stop shanks to aid identification of tonal families


Mechanical action to all departments

The Practice Organ

Organ by Kenneth Tickell 2008 situated in the church office. For the exclusive use of RCO Academy Organ School students. Please email for details of how to book and pay for practice on this organ.




Stopt. Diapason 8
Principal 4


Chimeny Flute 8
Spitz Flute 4


Open Flute 8


Manual 1 to Pedals.


Direct suspended action to the upper manual.
Balanced action to the lower manual.


Key compass C to a3 (58 notes)
Pedal compass C to f1 (30 notes) Straight Concave


A single ridge on the stop shank to identify the Principal stop by touch.
An adjustable bench with an exceptionally wide range of positions.

The Steinway B Grand Piano

We have a beautiful and well-maintained Steinway B Grand Piano.  If you would like to use this piano please contact the parish administrator, Diana Corbin.

The Bells

There is a ring of twelve bells hung for change ringing with a tenor weighing 34cwt and tuned to C-sharp. They are augmented by a sharp-second which provides a light ring of eight, tenor 11cwt in G-sharp. Full details of these bells, and their predecessors, are published at Ringing is arranged by the Ancient Society of College Youths and details are on their website Visiting ringers are very welcome. To arrange a visit please contact the Tower Secretary Gwen Rogers.

Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA


Registered Charity               Number 1138077


Services and church  opening hours    


08.00   Holy Communion (First Sunday in the month)
10.00   Parish Eucharist
16.00   Evening Prayer

Evening Prayer may be cancelled on the Sunday after Christmas and on Easter Day or during August. The service may  also be cancelled if no key holder is available or it may take place in the Rectory instead.



08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday)


Monthly Private Prayer and Reflection 

These sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month., from 13.00-13.30.

Future Dates, Thursdays,         5 October, 2 November and 7 December.


Cleaning Angels 

These sessions are normally held on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.00. Some gentle cleaning and tea and cakes at the end.

Future Dates, Thursdays,         5 October, 2 November and Wednesday 6 December.


The church is normally open from 11.00-16.00 Monday to Friday.


Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 10.00-14.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

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