The choir sings at the 10:30am Mass on most Sundays of the year, having a break in July/August. On the first Sunday of the month we sing at the 12:30pm Mass.

During Holy week we sing on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday (afternoon liturgy and Stations of the Cross), the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday morning; and some of us sing Tenebrae on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings.

Some of us also sing Compline on Sundays during the Holy Hour, at about 6.20pm. Compline, the Evening Prayer of the Church, is sung in the traditional Latin form of the Dominican Rite, much of the chant and ceremony probably going back to the earliest days of the Order in the 13th century. Members of the congregation are very welcome to take part, and instruction can be given to anyone who wishes to do this regularly. See Fr David or Bernard Marriott.

And some of us sing at Dominican or Tridentine rite Masses once a month or so. These Masses are generally at 7:15pm on weekdays at Holy Cross, or 7:00pm at St Peter’s Church, Hinckley Road, and we choose a suitable feast depending, amongst other things, on the availability of the celebrant and singers. These Masses at Holy Cross are advertised one or two weekends in advance in the parish Newsletters, and the times of the daily low Dominican rite Masses also appear in the parish Newsletters. Other parish activities may be seen on the parish website.

We sang in 2010 on the feast of the Immaculate Conception when Bishop Malcolm McMahon celebrated Pontifical High Mass and consecrated our new shrine to the English Martyrs. The ceremony was video-recorded, and the result can be see by clicking here.

The name Tenebrae is the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows”, and has for centuries been applied to the ancient monastic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week. The service is marked by a chanted reading from the book of Lamentations, the singing of psalms and responsaries, and the gradual extinguishing of candles as the psalms and responsaries are sung. Each service ends with a short litany, the cantors finally lying prostrate before the altar. Books are available so that you can follow and participate in the service.