The regular pattern of worship includes congregational participation in singing hymns (taken from the New English Hymnal and Common Praise), mass settings and prayers. Our aim is for the music to be rich and moving but not intimidating: every visitor is encouraged to join in for as much as they feel comfortable, or to enjoy the experience by listening.
Major feasts such as Maundy Thursday and Ascension Day are enriched by the singing of the Team Choir, or special ensembles put together for the occasion. Our mass settings for Holy Communion vary between the Mass for St Thomas by David Thorne, and A New People’s Mass by Dom Gregory Murray. On the first Sunday of the month we use shorter settings of the Gloria and Agnus Dei.
Oliver Lomberg has been organist at St Stephen’s since 2013. Having trained as an organ scholar at The King’s School Gloucester and Peterhouse, Cambridge University, he has a passion for high-quality choral and organ music. He enjoys the rich liturgy of St Stephen’s and the excellent Walker Organ. He is delighted to hear from any volunteers keen to join in with the singing at St Stephen’s, and keen to develop music making at the church.