English Choir

‘’Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord ‘’
(Ephesians 5:19)

The Cathedral Church of Redemption English Choir has been singing formally since 1938 for its worship services on Sundays and other occasions. It is city’s oldest church choir. The English Choir had its first service in 1938 with a British officer Major Blunt, as its first organist and choir master, who played till a year after independence. Having started with a handful of British officers, today the choir has grown to become a 37-member group consisting of people from all walks of life as part of Junior & Senior Choir. Including students, professionals and school children as well.

The choir leads not only in the singing of hymns but also in the Liturgy as we continue to follow Sung Liturgy. The choir continues to be fairly traditional in comparison to other congregations for Sunday worships accompanied by the Pipe organ, (oldest Pipe Organ in Southeast Asia, which was assembled here and has been operational since then) The choir stick to the traditional notes of four-part harmony music written for four voices — has two female and two male voices singing Bass, Tenor, Soprano and Alto. While soprano and alto are sung in female voices, tenor and bass are traditionally male voices. Till the late 60s every line of the hymns sung would have a lot of punctuations to allow necessary pauses, which has mostly changed to rote singing now. But, with the involvement of youth, some of the tunes have been made livelier than before The choir has two-hour practices twice a week around Christmas & Easter during the evenings.

Anyone who is willing to sing for the glory of God and member of the Church can join the Choir. We ensure that members have some basic knowledge of music. The choir has shaped the lives of many of its youth members as the Choir brings people together and helps cleanse oneself.

Tamil Choir

2 Chronicles 5:13 in context says - “The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.”

The inception and history of the Tamil Choir goes back to March 1982 when Mr. Ranjit Kumar found the baby organ in Church and placed it near the pulpit for the choir to sing along with the organ.

Mrs. Rohini Asirvatham was the first Organist and Mr Jebakumar Koilpillai later joined the Choir, becoming the first Tamil Choir Master. The Tamil Choir in 1982, initially began with ten members and had dedicated practice sessions on Saturday evenings. Mrs. Rohini Asirvatham along with Mrs. Lydia James searched for the music for the Tamil Hymns from various Hymn books, and compiled them for use by the Tamil Choir.

In the early years, the Tamil Christmas Carol Service used to be held on a Saturday evening in December . Eventually, as years went by, the Second Sunday of December is ear marked for the Choir presenting melodious Christmas carols. The Choir now meets on every Sunday after the Tamil Worship service for practice. The motto of the Choir till date is to learn the parts and transcend the notes on the page - allowing the song to speak to and through them to the Congregation.

Gradually, the Choir grew in number. We had Mr .Henry Das, one of the most patient, quiet and gentle organists in the early 90's followed by Mrs. Lydia Thomas and Mrs. Catherine Justin who are the present Organists of the Tamil Choir. The Tamil Choir has multi talented members that include playing musical instruments, composing songs and music, baking, calligraphy, stitching, handiwork and so on. We praise God for a versatile Choir in the capital city of Delhi. The Choir also has members who come from various walks of life that include Homemakers, Teachers, Chartered Accountants, Govt. Officers, Lawyers, Scientists, Social Workers and so on. Each of them unite their voices to sing for God's glory.

After Mr. Jebakumar moved out of Delhi, Captain Vinoz and Mr. W.R. Paul were the other two Choir Masters who led the Choir till 1999 in succession. After Mr. W.R. Paul's transfer to South India, Mr. Paul Raja took over as Choir Master in the year 2000. Mr. P. Raja is currently leading the Tamil Choir with his mellifluous knowledge of music coupled with tons of patience to lead a mixed group of choristers in all age groups from the oldest member in her 80's to the youngest in early 20's.

The year 2022 commemorated the "Ruby Anniversary" of the Tamil Choir. The Choir has also reached out through their songs and Gospel message to the people living the slums of Kashmere Gate. We were able to distribute Gospel tracts as well as have a time of singing and prayer.

The Tamil Choir also had the privilege of presenting Christmas songs at the Rashtrapati Bhawan during the tenure of President Shri. R. Venkataraman, Shri. K R Narayanan and Smt. Pratibha Patil.

The Choir has been a regular participant in Aman Ka Utsav wherein different Choirs from Churches all over Delhi gather together in the Central Park, Connaught Place in the month of December. The idea is to reach out to the unreached through songs rejoicing at the birth of Christ our Saviour who came to earth for us human beings and for our salvation.

Our Tamil choir members (Mrs Mercy Sundararaj and Mrs Sarojini Samraj) were instrumental in bringing out a volume of Tamil Hymns and Lyrics in Roman Script which has been a great source of blessing not only for the non Tamil reading youth of our Choir, but, also has helped people across the nation and abroad to sing in Tamil.

The Choir is blessed to have some of the oldest members - Dr. G. Asirvatham, Mrs. Rohini Asirvatham, Mr. Graham Tyagaraj and Mrs. Mercy Sundararaj who are a source of motivation and prayer support to the Choir. At present, we have around 26 dedicated members who strive to encourage a sense of awe and reverence through practice and preparation to sing for God's glory. We thank God for the gift of music, for songs and hymns and anthems and the blessed opportunity to use our god given talents to serve in HIS vineyard.

Last but not the least, we are thankful to all our Presbyters , Pastors and Members of the Pastorate Committee for their support and encouragement.

Hindi Choir

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation”. [Psalm 95:1]

Started in the year 2014, Hindi Choir is the most recent addition to the Cathedral Choir family. It all began with the initiative of Rev. Dr. Paul Swarup and able leadership & guidance from Fr. Jai Kumar and our Choir Master, Mr. Thomas Dawson Singh. Discipline and dedication have been the pillars of the choir right from inception. With baby steps it started, and has now grown from a handful of people to a dedicated team. The choir is credited for introducing “Sung Eucharist” in the Hindi Service with the help of Rev. Monodeep Daniel. The journey has just begun and there is a long way to go.

Youth Worship team

The Worship Team of the Cathedral Youth Fellowship came about sometime in 2014, when the Youth service began to take place regularly on Sundays. Back then it was called ‘Twice Over’, as a testament to God’s faithfulness in giving us a new life and to his love that won us twice-over. Eventually, the Youth Worship Team began to lead worship for the Evening Worship Service having been mentored in worship music by Deacon Lanu Yaden, the Youth Director and Music Head of the Delhi Ao Baptist Church. The team generally covers contemporary Christian Music and has been invited by various churches across Delhi to lead worship in their respective services. The team eventually adopted the name ‘TheCircle’, acknowledging the sense of fulness achieved in the presence of God.