The Choir

The choir in St. Albans Abbey

The choir in St. Albans Cathedral 




Maundy Thursday - 8.00pm


Introit hymn                               All for Jesus

Gradual hymn                           Glory be to Jesus

During washingof feet              Ubi Caritas    Duruflé

Offertory hymn                          I come with joy, a child of God

Communion Anthem                God so loved the world - Stopford

No communion hymn

Final hymn                                 Of the glorious body telling

Psalm                                          22    Plainsong


Setting                  Grayston Ives for the Gloria

                              Merbecke for the Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei


Good Friday - liturgy from 1.30pm


Psalm                                           22      responsorial version

Gradual hymn                             Drop, drop slow tears

Hymn before Proclamation of cross   Who is this so weak and helpless

Reproaches                                John Rombaut

Hymn                                           O sacred head

Anthem for procession of the blessed sacrament     Ecce quomodo moritur – Jakob Gallus

Setting                                         Merbecke 



Easter Vigil - Holy Saturday 9.00pm


Starting with the bonfire and concluding with fireworks

Processional hymn                        Paschal Feast! upon the cross – tune St. Albinus

Psalm 33 verses 1 – 9                    Chant 69

Psalm 16 verses 8 – end               Chant 25

Canticle – The Song of Moses      Chant 64

Psalm 42 verses 1 – 7                    Chant 90

Gloria                                              Grayston Ives

Offertory hymn                              Christ is the King, O friends rejoice

Communion Anthem                    The Easter Song of Praise    Richard Shepherd

Final hymn                                     Alleluya! Alleluia! Hearts to heaven and voices raise

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Easter Sunday - 9.30am - all-age Eucharist

Introit Hymn                Jesus Christ is risen today

Gradual Hymn            Morning has broken

Offertory Hymn           Ye choirs of new Jerusalem

Communion Hymn      A brighter dawn is breaking

Anthem                       This joyful Eastertide

Final Hymn                 Thine be the glory

Setting                        Grayston Ives




St. Mary’s Welwyn has been very fortunate to be able to maintain a strong musical tradition for many years.  The choir has been invited to sing in cathedrals and large parish churches and the number of regular choir members has always been in excess of 20.

In the recent past the choir has consisted mainly of adult members, male and female.     However, we have a choir for young people - Welwyn Tune, who sing with the main choir for some Sunday services. They also sing for some services on their own. They are under the direction of Barbara Young and you can find more information about them here.

The main choir sings at the 9.30am Eucharist service in St. Mary’s every Sunday morning and two/three Evensong Services each month, one of which is Choral, incorporating settings of the responses and canticles.

An anthem is sung during the communion at every Sunday morning 9.30am service.

Over the last few years, the choir has been invited to sing at several cathedrals and has sung Evensong at St. Albans Cathedral and Norwich Cathedral and a Choral Eucharist at St. Albans Cathedral.  In 2015 the choir will sing the service of Choral Evensong at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday May 16th at 3.30pm. Plans are in place for the choir to sing at Westminster Abbey in April 2016. 

The choir jealously guards the tradition of high quality English Church music but this includes works by modern composers such as Tavener, Chilcott, Laurisden, Philip Stopford and Ola Gjeilo as well as the more traditional Stanford, Wesley and others.

The choir is there to support the worship and liturgy of the church and strives to produce music of the highest possible standard.

All of this musical offering to the church is well supported by the congregation and is supplemented by a fine two-manual Nicholson organ which is less than 20 years old and a talented sub-organist. For technical infomation on the organ, click here.

If you are interested in joining the choir then please contact Eric Pavyer by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone on 01438 716910.