Music

Excellence in music is part of our identity at the American International Church.

Under the direction of Scott Stroman, our music programs seek to draw congregation, choir and instrumentalists into a deeper relationship with God and with the wider realm of sacred music, past and present, from around the world.

Our Sunday services blend traditional American and British hymns, classical repertoire, jazz, gospel, contemporary praise songs and world music.

 

CHOIR

The AIC Choir averages around 16 singers, of which four are professional section leaders. Led by Scott Stroman, the choir is open to all who share a love for singing, and no audition is required. We rehearse in the Sanctuary 7-9pm on Wednesdays and again at 10am on Sundays (prior to the Worship Service). The choir’s repertoire includes classical, jazz, gospel, folk and international music.

In the autumn, the choir is joined by additional singers to lead the music for the Thanksgiving Day Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, one of the highlights during our year. Come join us and enjoy some warm fellowship and wonderful music!

 

INSTRUMENTS

Our weekly worship services feature a mixture of piano and organ accompaniment. A small band with piano, bass and drums also adds a bit of swing to our worship on a regular basis.

AIC welcomes guest musicians to join us for special services, such as Easter and Christmas. We are also blessed with many talented musicians who volunteer their musical gifts to play as part of our Sunday services.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

In addition to the American Thanksgiving Service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, we organize special concerts or worship services where music plays a central role. In recent years, that has included a concert on Remembrance Day with programs such as Mozart’s Requiem and Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem; joint services featuring the choir and City Bach Collective performing a Bach oratorio; worship featuring jazz settings of the Psalms; and a Good Friday experience putting Jesus’ Passion alongside African-American spirituals. We also regularly debut new compositions from our own Scott Stroman and other London artists.

 

OCCASIONAL MUSIC

During the summer months, when the choir is on hiatus, volunteer singers and instrumentalists, from the congregation, provide the music for our worship services.

 

We regularly receive requests for outside musicians to arrange performances in London. We are not able to provide compensation or take responsibility to generate an audience for these unsolicited requests. However, we would consider welcoming you as a guest performer on a Sunday morning or making the sanctuary available for your use at a low cost, depending on the nature of the event you are planning. Please see Rooms for Hire for more information about hosting a concert here, or contact us about providing music for worship.