Meet us - Organists

Who are we? 


Pat and Steve play the organ for us - Pat most Sundays and Steve once a month and for Thirty Minute Church. 



Pat; I have been playing  for the church  for 15 years having started by playing  occasionally and then taking over  regular services in 2002.  My father was a church organist.  I have  attended a diocesan pianist/organist course and gradually learned to use the pedals.  The previous vicar did help, especially when he introduced new songs.  I play for the regular 10am service but also weddings, funerals, baptisms, Christmas and Easter services, special evening services including Taize services.  Sometimes other groups who use the church for a service ask me to play -such as the Round Table Carol service or Mother's union services.  



Steve: I have been living in Northampton for approaching twenty years and began playing for St Benedict's  when asked by the previous vicar (as our  children went to the same schools) to contribute to the Carol Service. I  play piano, organ and a bit of guitar!  I began playing regularly for church in 2012.   


What do we  do? 


Well, we play the organ! 

(Ignore the fact it says 'sermon title' and just listen to some organ music!) 

Sermon title:

Organ Music

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Mediafile: /media/OrganMusicNovember15.mp3 (3.36 MB)




The organ is placed above the church, so we use a mirror to see the rest of us and the priest! So while the congregation  don't always see us  playing but they  can always hear  it.  


The Sunday 10 am service is a sung setting of the Eucharist so we play hymns and also the the settings of the key texts, the Gloria and more- mostly in a setting written by Jonathan Kimber, our previous vicar.  


We also play the Clavinova (the electric piano) in the body of the church, sometimes, which means we can have a less formal sound as well.  


We also play for a number of other services; our special services such as All Souls, St Benedict's day, and for events such Holy Week and Easter services and Christmas services; especially our Carol Service. 


Our music is supported sometimes by other players - and by singers, such as the Christmas choir. 


Why do we do it? 

Steve;  I play mainly because I enjoy it, and also because I like to do something to help the church and the community. I also play piano in a wedding / functions band. 



 Pat; I have to be flexible!  I think my dad would be pleased to know I am following in his footsteps.  

I've always enjoyed playing -but playing the organ in church is extra special.  



Why you might help 

If you have musical talents there are a number of ways in which you could contribute, joining in with musical events, bringing instrumental skills to such things as 30 Minute church.  Please let church wardens or our organists know what you might be willing to do.