Ask any member of St. Francis what is special about this church and music is sure to be among the top three responses. The congregation strongly appreciates our music program, which is steeped in Anglican choral tradition with offerings that span the ages from contemplative medieval plainsong to rich polyphonic music and refined contemporary commissioned works. The congregation enjoys music in general and singing in particular, and a number of parishioners are open to additional forms of worship music as well.
Our program is under the stewardship of Gary Davison, one of the pre-eminent composers and music directors in the Anglican Communion. As organist and choirmaster, Gary leads the excellent choir consisting of both volunteers and professionals, who are augmented on special occasions with additional professional singers and instrumentalists. Under his leadership, our choir has recorded several successful CD’s. Gary’s many compositions, commissioned pieces and commercial albums are works to treasure.
Opportunities exist to satisfy one’s musical interests beyond our regular services. These can range from musical soirées of Celtic bagpipes at festal receptions to performances of popular music at fellowship gatherings.
Aspiring choristers, as young as second grade, can be a part of the Boys and Girls Choir and sing with the adult choir at the main service twice a month. The size of this junior choir has diminished in recent years, but we are working to increase the numbers. High school age choral scholars sing with the adult choir. All choristers follow the Royal School of Church Music’s (RSCM) course of study all the way up to the gold ribbon, and we have been lucky to hear and see many a young person complete this journey.
The choir sings at one service on Sunday and at several Choral Evensongs throughout the year. Our congregation robustly participates in singing and finds that music enhances our worship experience.