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 March


Sunday 5th March        First Sunday in Lent

10 a.m. PARISH EUCHARIST                         

Common Worship            

Service New English Folk Mass

PSALM 32 with chant 15

CHOIR Batten Let my complaint; Palestrina Salvator mundi; West Malling antiphon

ORGAN PRELUDE  Vivaldi arr. Bach  Adagio from Concerto in A minor

ORGAN POSTLUDE  Pachelbel  Praeludium in D minor

HYMNS 95 Aus der Tiefe;; 538 Wolvercote; 443 Dambusters’ March


Sunday 12th  March      Second Sunday in Lent

10 a.m. PARISH EUCHARIST                         

Common Worship            

Service by New English Folk Mass

PSALM 121 with chant 151

CHOIR Brahms Geistliches Lied; Goss God so loved the world; West Malling antiphon

ORGAN PRELUDE  Saint-Saens Adagio from Symphony 3

ORGAN POSTLUDE  Bach Fugue in C minor BWV 537

HYMNS 380 Evelyns; 96 Aberystwyth; 398 Guiting Power


Sunday 19th March     Third Sunday in Lent

10 a.m. PARISH EUCHARIST                         

Common Worship            

Service by New English Folk Mass

PSALM  95 with chant 87

CHOIR Howells Like as the hart; Mendelssohn O come, everyone that thirsteth; West Malling antiphon

ORGAN PRELUDE  Bach  Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten  BWV 647

ORGAN POSTLUDE  Mendelssohn  Allegro in B Flat

HYMNS 492 Wareham; 469 Kingsfold; 435 Austria


Sunday 26th March    Mothering Sunday

10 a.m. PARISH EUCHARIST                         

Common Worship            

Service New English Folk Mass

CHOIR Stanford Magnificat in C; Rutter The Lord bless you and keep you; West Malling antiphon

ORGAN PRELUDE  Whitlock Andante Tranquillo

ORGAN POSTLUDE Solomons  Toccata on Shine, Jesus Shine

HYMNS 470 Here I am; 305 St. Botolph; 513 Shine, Jesus shine

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.

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.

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.

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

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.


Sunday 2 April 11.30

Annual Parish Church Meeting in church.



08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday)


Lent 2107 Ecumenical Programme


We are using Henri Nouwen’s book, The Return of the Prodigal Son


This is the last session in the series


1 April St. Joseph’s Church, 15 Lamb’s Passage, off Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8LE


Monthly Private Prayer and Reflection 

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

Dates for future sessions 6 April,4 May, 8 June, 6 July. There is no session in August


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.

Dates for future sessions 6 April 


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


Revision of the Church Electoral Roll

If your name is not on the roll please complete a form

Details and forms from Penelope Sharpe


Print Print | Sitemap
© St Giles Cripplegate Church