Today, most Christians understand that there is a hugely important role for music in Christian worship and in many aspects of Christian witness and prayer. This is balanced, of course, by an equally important place for silence and contemplation. All our senses are given by God for his worship and in our chaplaincy you will find that we try to create many different opportunities that reflect this very human balance.
But it is also important that people can enjoy and appreciate such truly spiritual beauty without religious obligations. At St Mark’s we want people to share our joy as a whole community – whatever our different backgrounds – and to create a neutral space in which to meet others and to build that community spirit. Music is a unique way of achieving this goal. It means that a large amount of the music that is enjoyed in St Mark’s has very little to do with worship or church.
St Mark’s Music Scene
Set within a European capital of art and culture, it is not surprising that St Mark’s has a very big music scene. Its history has been intimately shaped by the desire to express worship in a creative and artistic manner, and by those involved in it. But we are constantly striving to enhance opportunities for more and wider engagement.
Our cultural programme enables our church building to be an ideal setting for many diverse forms of musical endeavour, from early vocal or instrumental church music, to fine operatic or orchestral performances. The beauty, intimacy and flexibility of the facilities at Via Maggio 16 (not just the Church space, but also other public rooms) is something that creates a unique atmosphere for both performers and audience/congregation.
St Mark’s Choir sings for our normal Sunday morning worship and major Festivals, as well as performing a monthly evensong and giving regular performances in our cultural programme. Our choir is a welcoming group and we have a community of singers from across the world.
You may only be staying in Florence for a short time, but if you are someone who enjoys singing and being a part of a group of people who enjoy working together for a concert performance or a special event, then please get in touch with our Director of Music.
There are enviable and extensive musical resources at St Mark’s Florence for all your wedding needs. In terms of music, if you have heard a piece of music, a song or an arrangement that speaks to you as a couple, (from any era, old or new), then it can be performed live in St Mark’s. For further details, please see our wedding page.