Music at St John Payne

We have had a music group at St John Payne, Greenstead, for over thirty years.  The music is predominantly guitar and woodwind based.  Currently, we have up to eight regular instrumentalists and singers to lead the music.  The music is chosen by studying the readings and prayers for the day, and we try to have a good mix of “traditional” and “modern” styles, although the question is always “What is traditional?” or “When does modern become traditional?”


Once or twice a year, we meet with other music groups in Colchester Deanery for a music day, organised by Diocese of Brentwood Music Department.  We are introduced to new mass settings; hymns and psalms; alternative versions of well known hymns.  We look forward to these invigorating days – singing and playing with other parishes.


If you can play an instrument or enjoy singing, we would love to hear from you.  We would particularly like to hear from our younger people, who might be playing an instrument or sing at school.

Contact Bob Bethell or after 10:45 am mass at SJP.

Music Clips

Below are clips of some of the responses we use:


When We Eat This Bread (Dan Shutte) ℗ 2012 OCP. All rights reserved.


Celtic Alleluia (Christopher Walker) ℗ 2012 OCP. All rights reserved.

Music at Ardleigh

We have our principal organist, Geoffrey and cantors who sing the psalm.  The hymns are chosen each Sunday by the liturgy groups.  It is a sung Mass.

Contact for cantors:

Music at Mistley

Music for the Saturday Vigil Mass is provided by our principal organist, Geoffrey.