Music is vitally important to worship, refreshing it in ways that words alone cannot do, and helping to enable worship that renews and inspires.
Those who sing, pray twice
At Holy Trinity, we use music in varied ways to enable all present to take part: fully, consciously and actively.
Some of the music is unaccompanied, allowing the natural beauty of the human voice to be heard.
Some is led by the organ or by other instruments when the Music Group leads the singing.
Our main hymn resources are Common Praise, Sing Praise, Hymns for Prayer & Praise, Common Ground, Church Hymnary 4 and other contemporary publications, which provide valuable input.
At Holy Trinity, we have:
We currently use the following keyboard instruments in the church:
Musical resources are drawn from a range of publications as well as various contemporary worship songs and chant psalm settings by the Director of Music.
Holy Trinity Church is affiliated to the RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) and uses its training program Voice for Life to enable its singers to enhance their musical and liturgical skills.
Over the last few years, the church has become a training centre for RSCM Scotland, with events for young people, music-reading skills and singing award exams.
Alistair Warwick Director of Music
Sarah and Alistair Shaw Music Group co-leaders
Ulrike Wutscher cantor and soloist
Laura Buxel Organ Student
Christoph Wutscher occasional organist
Malcolm Allan† played for our Friday morning Eucharist and other occasions over a period of 20 years. We are most grateful to him for his loving dedication and service.
May he rest in peace.
More details of the Music team
The church currently has two grand pianos and a fine three-manual pipe organ, rebuilt in 1981.
History of the organ and its specifications at the 1935 and 1981 rebuilds (PDF)
Holy Trinity Church, Stirling: organ console Holy Trinity, Stirling organ - pipe display
Two photos of the choir in the 1930s
The Choir of Holy Trinity, Stirling in the 1930s The Choir of Holy Trinity, Stirling in the 1930s
The choir on Sunday 21 August 2011
back row: Chris Shields, Bill Munro, Jan Foster, Rachel Campbell, Mary Kenyon and Ann Lees
front row: David Page, Canon Dr Alison Peden (Rector) and Piers Jones (organist)
Two pictures of the choir, directed by David Page, on 4th December 2011
1929 Scottish Episcopal Church order of Compline, set to plainsong by Piers Jones (former organist and choirmaster) (PDF)