Come and Sing with the JCS!

Come and sing Frank Martin’s choral masterpiece, his Mass for Double Choir, in a workshop with the Joyful Company of Singers led by Peter Broadbent.

The workshop starts at 10am Saturday 10th  September 2016 and ends with a free public performance at 5pm to which all are welcome.

 Location –

St James’s Church, Sussex Gardens, Paddington, W2 3UD. Nearest tube – Lancaster Gate.

Singers’ Tickets – £15 (£10 students and JCS members) to include hire of score on the day.

Please apply using the attached form and email it to

click here to download application form


About the workshop –


  • the event will run from 1000-1300 and then 1415-1645 with a public performance at 1700;
  • there will be a morning and afternoon tea/coffee break but lunch is not provided;
  • to ensure a balanced choir, places might have to be limited and/or singers allocated to either Choir 1 or 2;
  • applicants will be notified in the event of an unsuccessful application.


About the work –


Swiss-born composer Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir is widely regarded as one of the finest of 20th-century choral works – remarkable not just for the beauty and ingenuity of the writing but also as the Mass was Martin’s sole composition for a cappella chorus.

Martin composed the Mass in 1922, adding an Agnus Dei four years later but it was not performed until 1963. Writing at the time of its eventual premiere, Martin explained that: “I considered it as being a matter between God and myself. I felt then that an expression of religious feeling should remain secret and removed from public opinion.”