Music has always been at the heart of Christian worship. We are told that the disciples sang hymns (Mark 14.26), and by the 4th century music was well established during services. At St Nick’s our worship on Sunday mornings is enhanced by choral and congregational music, and our hymnody is drawn from across the centuries.
The Organist is Ian Wells, who has had a long career in church music. He was Assistant Organist at Liverpool Cathedral from 1982-2007 and he is now an Honorary Deputy Organist there.
Our professional choir, the St Nicholas Singers, sings once a month at the Parish Eucharist and also at our monthly choral evening service (usually Choral Evensong). In addition, they are often asked to sing at weddings and many of our civic, business and military services. The St Nicholas Singers is a quintet of professional musicians formed in 1985 to provide occasional choral music at Liverpool Parish Church. Led by their Director, Stuart Keen, they have performed in many different contexts, including Radio Four’s daily service and also BBC Songs of Praise.
Throughout the year we host a number of other concerts and performances. We have had a long-standing relationship with the Liverpool Bach Collective who have performed Bach’s St John Passion or St Matthew Passion during Lent for some years, as well as cantatas at other times of year.
Music at St Nick’s is usually accompanied on our 1952 Rushworth & Dreaper organ (the organ specification is here). We are most fortunate to be the home of a 9’ Bösendorfer ‘Imperial’ Concert Grand Piano, and also regularly use our Bechstein Grand Piano.