Music plays an important role in St. Andrew’s worship and we try to offer a wide variety of styles to suit all tastes.
Our morning church services are supported and led musically by Music Ministry which has an enormous range of musical styles, with a mixture of singers and instrumentalists who meet on Friday evenings at 7.15pm to rehearse together. Their aim is to develop and maintain old and new styles of music as well as enjoy fellowship together.
Our evening services have a more informal and contemporary feel, where worship is lead by one of the worship bands. Again, we are always looking for new members.
If as a regular member of our congregation you play an instrument or sing and would like to use your gifts on a regular basis in one of our bands or choir, please speak to the Director of Music, Jonathan Hurdle, on a Sunday or contact him via the church office.
During the night of 20/21 April, 1941, St. Andrew’s Church was completely gutted in one of the German air-raids which destroyed the centre of the city. After the war the church was rebuilt and rededicated on St. Andrew’s Day 1957. A new organ, built by Rushworth & Dreaper of Liverpool, was installed in time for the reconsecration of the church.
The organ which is sited in the North and South transepts, is a large 4 manual instrument of Romantic design. The Great and Swell divisions, along with most of the Pedal Division, are situated in the North transept. The Solo and Choir divisions with the remainder of the Pedal Division are in the South transept.
In 1993 the instrument was renovated by Deane of Taunton. The opportunity was taken to make a number of improvement including the provision of a moveable console, modernisation of the control electronics (to include a 32 channel capture system and a sequencer) and tonal adjustments to the Great and pedal divisions.