Music is an essential part of the life of St Augustine’s. From concerts by some of the finest choral singers, to sung liturgies, to community outreach and community singing, we are proud to have a strong musical tradition.

It was on these shores that Gregorian chant – the root of much of Western music – was first heard in England. It was brought here by St Augustine in AD 597, who we are told sang as he landed and made his was to Canterbury. When monks returned here in 1856, they too sang music, and the tradition continues now.

Recent developments
In 2018 thanks to support from the Friends of St Augustine’s the organ in the church was completely restored and renewed by Henry Willis & Sons. A new console was created in the gothic revival style and fitted in bespoke fashion in its new position in the Lady chapel. In June 2018 a new Director of Music was appointed – Ben Scott.
This campaign – The Song Started Here – which helped restore the organ and employ a part-time director of music continues. We need to maintain the organ and the living tradition of music for masses, devotions, weekly Sunday vespers, for Gregorian chant workshops, links with schools and for concerts/recitals. Please be generous.
We need your help to maintain and expand this tradition. If you can help to make a donation here.

Musical opportunities:

  • Would you like to join the latin mass Gregorian chant choir
  • Join the Sunday vespers choir
  • Learn Gregorian Chant
  • Receive information about concerts and musical events

Please feel free to contact Ben for more information:

Phone: 07746281290




See our Gregorian Chant CD