Music has always played a big part in the life of St Cuthbert’s. It’s often what a visitor or guest first notices.
Bart Nameth, our Music Director, accompanies our hymn singing on the piano. He has also written a number of responses that we sing at various times during the service. Or he chooses other music, from almost anywhere in the world, as our response. He also plays solo pieces as a Prelude, Offertory and Postlude: old hymns made gospel, classical, modern, jazz, pop. Pop? To Bart’s musical mind any kind of music can be redeemed on a Sunday morning.
Or, he may instead ask a singer/songwriter to play the Prelude, Offertory and Postlude. We have been home to a number of singer/songwriters over the years. We also like to nurture musical ability and gifts. A young member of the congregation could take the opportunity to sing or play their instrument. A chamber group may play. On St Cuthbert’s Day, there is bound to be a Celtic band.
Bart leads our church choir as well. The choir has long been a feature of life and Sundays at St Cuthbert’s. It sings at services throughout the church year. For some people, the choir is their point of entry into community life. You don’t have to be a trained musician or even to read music in order to join. It would help if you could carry a tune. Rehearsals are Thursday evening at 7:15pm. New members always welcome.