St Giles offers a broad range of music within its services, from well-loved hymns to contemporary Christian songs. Most services will include examples of both. The church’s Musical Director is Aidan Goldstraw, a professional musician who works as a solo pianist, band leader and choir trainer across the country.
St Giles has a long choral tradition and has a well-supported choir. Choir rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm and prospective new members are warmly welcomed, whatever their age or musical experience. The choir is extremely inclusive and there is no audition process.
The choir regularly contributes anthems and other special musical items as part of its role in enriching and inspiring worship.
St Giles is home to a talented community of musicians, many of whom work professionally in the field, and they contribute regularly to the church’s music, most particularly in Family Services on the 2nd Sunday of every month.
The church recently installed a brand new, professional quality sound system, powered by a large Soundcraft mixing desk. The system makes St Giles an excellent choice for staging concerts of all kinds.
The St Giles organ is a three-manual model by Steele and Keay of Burslem and dates from the 1920s, with some later additions. A major refurbishment of the instrument will begin during 2015.
A Yamaha Clavinova digital piano is used for many contemporary musical items and there is also a Kemble acoustic upright piano in the main church available for use during services and concerts.
As well as the main services, St Giles provides a venue for many concerts throughout the year. Please keep an eye on this website for news of upcoming events, follow us on Twitter (@stgilescastle) or on Facebook at facebook.com/stgilesnewcastle
For more information about musical activities at St Giles, contact Aidan Goldstraw on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07795 817717.