Music is an integral part of worship at CtK. Although music finds its expression in various forms, the adult choir is a significant contributor to parish life (see Adult Choir) Under the direction of a paid, part-time professional church musician, the choir leads the congregation in singing the hymns and responses, uses the traditional Anglican chant for the psalm and sings a motet or anthem at Communion, Offertory or during other parts of the service. The Director of Music opens and closes the service with an Organ Voluntary.
The 15-20 strong adult choir is an enthusiastic and lively group and is drawn from a wide age range including beginners and experienced singers. The choir generally sings on three out of four Sundays a month and takes a break to coincide with the Hessen school holidays. The Choir committee organises a rehearsal weekend away once a year. Aside from the choir’s weekly role in providing music for the Sunday services (see ‘Music’ link), it is an important vehicle for contact with the Frankfurt community and beyond. It is committed to a high musical standard.
The CtK Young Singers is a choir for children from the ages 6-16. It rehearses regularly with the Director of Music directly after the Sunday service. This vivacious group often teams up with the adult choir or performs pieces on its own – the Daniel Jazz being a good example. They also join in on special church occasions, including the service of Lessons and Carols, the Christmas Pageant and even the Thanksgiving Lunch. One of the highlights is their own concert at the Liebfrauenkirche in Advent. A rehearsal weekend is held once a year and other musical events take place like outings to concerts (e.g. a children’s performance at the Darmstadt Opera). The Young Singers provides an important nurturing base for the many musical youth of the parish with the ambition that its members will later join the adult choir.
The congregation has many professional and amateur musicians who also share their talents in Sunday morning worship. This has included solo works for violoncello, violin, trumpet or voice, usually with organ accompaniment. A small string orchestra or string quartet can be put together. Guest organists are also invited to deputise as the need arises.