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.