St Luke’s is a central Anglican parish with a largely traditional style of worship.
One of its most important features is a musical tradition, nurtured over a number of years by successive clergy and Directors of Music. We have two choirs – Senior and the All Voices Choir.
The Senior Choir sing on Sundays at our 10.15 services (except for the first Sunday when the All Voices choir sings) aiding our worship with a prepared anthem and leading the congregation in a choral setting of the Mass. The anthems are drawn from a wide range of music and the Mass settings are changed several times a year. The Senior Choir rehearse on Thursday evenings.
The All Voices Choir sing at our All Together Eucharist on the first Sunday of the month, and rehearse on a Monday early evening once a month. The choir is for all ages (members currently go from seven- mid eighties) and sings a more contemporary anthem, as well as leading us in our hymns and songs. Sara Bartolozzi conducts our All Voices Choir.We also encourage our children to take part in the service in other ways, especially those who are instrumentalists, and several have later graduated to the Senior Choir.
The Choir aims at a high standard, but welcomes everyone. We have recorded two CDs, sung a number of times in Rochester Cathedral and have also sung in Southwark Cathedral. As well as Sunday mornings, we sing during Holy Week at a variety of services, for special days like Ascension Day and for some Choral Evensongs during the year.
St Luke’s participates in the annual Sevenoaks Festival, with the Choir playing an important part in the service, and we also have a choral Patronal Eucharist. Our Musical Director is Helen Isom and our organist is Paul Isom, who look after the senior choir together.
The whole team is committed to the worship of God through music and the enjoyment of working together. If you would like to find out more or join the choir, please contact Helen Isom
Lunch Time Recitals
For ten months of the year (we miss January and August) each Wednesday at 12.30 St Luke’s hosts a recital which lasts about half an hour. We have a wide variety of recitalists, everything from arias to Bluegrass to ensembles, all to a very high standard. The recitals also encourage young musicians, especially from local schools and from national colleges of music.
The recitals are free, and enjoy wide support especially amongst those working in the town, who often bring their lunch (coffee and tea are available) and people are free to come and go during the recital. If you would like to give a recital please contact the church office, and if you would like to come along and listen please do so.