The Sunday morning Mass at St. Michael's alternates between a traditional choir with organ and a folk music group playing and singing contemporary songs accompanied by guitar and other instruments. Both groups welcome new members of any musical ability and of any age. Speak to Maria Murray-Brown (found at the organ) for the choir or Anne Reilly (found with singers and instrumentalists) for the folk group after Mass. Alternatively leave a message with the parish secretary on 01189814572 or send one on the form via the "contact us" part of this website.
The Sunday morning Mass at St Oswald's embraces a wide range of music to suit all tastes. Musicians Midge Robinson and Harry Russell work together to ensure "harmony" in the pews. They predominantly use guitar and organ but are both skilled in a number of instruments and liturgy training. They warmly invite others to join them, no formal music training needed.
Brian Wharton is cantor at St Oswald's and would love to be joined by more singers (including youngsters!).
We are fortunate that both our churches are blessed with notable organs. St Oswald's organ was built in Ireland and came to Burghfield via the choir school of the Catholic cathedral, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The organ at St Michael's is grade 2 listed! It belonged to the family of a parishioner who donated it to the church of St Peter and Paul, Kingsclere. Following the Kingsclere church's closure in early 2015, the organ was then moved to St Michael's.
More about both these lovely musical instruments (including photos) will in due course be available on the "history" section of this website.