Choral masses

On 1st May 2010, in celebration of St. Philip's Day and recommissioning of the church's Hill, Norman & Beard organ, the St Philip's Singers, conducted by Colin Forbes sang the Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo in B-flat (the "Little Organ Mass", Hob. 22:7), by Joseph Haydn.

Franz Schubert's Mass no. 2 in G (D.167) was sung for the feasts of All Saints and All Souls on 4 November 2007, with soloists Alison Knight (Soprano), Daniel McMillan (Tenor), Peter Laurence (Bass) and a string orchestra — directed by Colin Forbes.

Other masses have been sung on special occasions from time to time, including the Missa Secunda, by Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612).

Musical settings of the Mass, Eucharist or Holy Communion are usually from the 'Ordinary of the Mass', the part of the Eucharist that is always sung or recited. These words are used in both the Roman Catholic Mass and in Anglican Holy Communion Services. A mass setting commonly has six sections: Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Benedictus, Sanctus and Agnus Dei, each in Latin.