Music and Choir


Philip Prior has been Director of Music at St Peter’s since March 2004 and is responsible for all aspects of music and music-making in this busy Essex parish church. Philip graduated from Anglia Polytechnic University with a Bachelor of Education honours degree and taught for 5 years at Kelvedon Hatch Primary School with responsibility for Music throughout the school.

Philip was the Musical Director and Conductor for the Brentwood Junior Schools’ Music Festivals in Brentwood Cathedral, for both 2000 and 2001 and the accompanist in 2002. In September 2000, he began studying for a postgraduate Master of Arts degree in Choral Education at the Roehampton Institute in London, part of the University of Surrey, which he completed in September 2004.

In November 2002, he was appointed Acting Assistant Director of Music at St Cedd’s School in Chelmsford, where he continued to teach until leaving in Easter 2007 to pursue a career as a professional organist and teacher.

Please do contact Philip by e-mail about any aspect of the music at St Peter’s Church:

Philip Prior has been Director of Music

Philip Prior, Director of Music


Music has always been at the heart of Christian worship; music brings the words of the bible alive and makes them memorable; it adds another dimension to the liturgy and lifts the hearts of those who sing and those who listen.
The choir receives frequent invitations to sing services in cathedrals and other large churches. In recent years the choir have sung Bristol, Chelmsford, Gloucester, Lichfield, Norwich, Ripon and St Edmundsbury Cathedrals, as well as Beverley Minster and the church of St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol.
The choir’s role is to lead the congregation in the singing of hymns and in the sung parts of the Sunday morning Eucharist Service. Each week, the choir sings a Communion Anthem to suit the theme of the day or the particular Sunday, with an Introit on Feast Days.

The choir sings a full Choral Evensong usually on the fourth Sunday of each month at 5.15pm.

New singers are always welcome, so please do get in touch with Philip.

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Weekly choir practices are held in the church on Friday evening as follows:

7.00-7.30pm            Junior Choristers only.

7.30-8.15pm            Full Choir including Junior Choristers.

8.15-9.15pm            Adult Choristers only.

Sunday’s Full Choir practice is at 10.00am in the church, before the 10.30am Mass.

When there is Evensong, a Full Choir practice is held at 4.00pm, before the service at 5.15pm.

Other additional practices for services, concerts and cathedral visits may be arranged.


Evensong is a balance of psalms, canticles, scripture readings and prayers.  Much of this is sung by the choir, providing a reflective and prayerful space of contemplation and peace for the congregation.

The choir sings a full Choral Evensong usually on the fourth Sunday of each month at 5.15pm.

All are welcome to attend.