The conductor Sir Thomas Beecham once quipped that 'the English people may not understand music, but they absolutely love the noise that it makes'. For the many of us to whom music is a central part of worship this is equally true. We know what we like, but we're not necessarily sure why or how it got there. 

This course will give an overview of music in the worship of the Western Church, from modes to modern worship songs. We will look at where music in church came from, how it was shaped by wider society (and vice versa), and some of the theology that has tried to explain what we say about God in our music when we worship.

No specialist knowledge is needed – but an appetite to listen to music is!

This course can be taken as part of the Certificate in Theology, or Certificate in Theology Plus

For more information, please see the course description:

Course Description

Tutor: The Rev’d Jonathan Lloyd, Precentor of St Albans Cathedral

Cost: £60 

Dates and time: Wednesdays 28 April – 26 May, 7.30-9.15pm (Participants will be able to join the classes from 7.25pm)

Venue: Online via Zoom 

All sessions will be recorded and made available to students to watch through the next week, allowing students to catch up on sessions missed or re-watch classes. 

Joining on Zoom

As this course will be hosted over Zoom, participants will need access to a device which has audio in order to be able to hear. In order to participate fully, a web camera and microphone are also advised.

Instructions for signing up and joining the course will be sent via email ahead of the first class. If you have not received these details by 12.30pm on the day of the first class, please call 01727 890205 before 5pm.

To access our Welcome video and to learn more about Zoom please click here

How to Book

You can book online here using the button below, or call the Box Office on 01727 890290. Tickets will be on sale until 12noon on the day of the first class. Please note spaces are limited so we would advise early booking to avoid disappointment. Please ensure that you provide a current email address when you book.