Church of St. John and St. Philip, The Hague

Sing to the Lord a new Song! Psalm 96

Adult Choir

The adult choir is comprised of approximately 25 singers, ranging in age from 14 upwards, and spanning the breadth of musical skill from gifted amateur to professional singer. Our main task is to help the congregation express their worship of God through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. We have a very wide repertoire, ranging from plainsong through traditional hymns to modern worship songs, as well as anthems and canticle settings by composers from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century. We rehearse in church on Fridays, 19.45 – 22.00, and half an hour before services, which are at 11.00 every Sunday, as well as Choral Evensong at 17.00 on the 4th Sunday of each month. In addition to singing regularly in our services, the choir is a vibrant and active outreach ministry, bringing choral services and music to other churches, nursing homes and religious communities as close as far afield as Belgium and France.  For information about joining the choir, or for further details, please contact the organist and choirmaster.

Special services

For many of our most important Festival Services of the church year, music is an essential element of the worship and liturgy.  In addition to the regular Sunday services the choir sings at these events as well.

  • The Traditional Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
  • Christmas Eve Midnight Mass
  • Music and Meditations Lenten Service
  • Good Friday 3 Hour Meditation Service
  • Easter Sunday

Church Organ

The organ of St. John’s and St. Philip’s Anglican Church, Den Haag (the Netherlands) was built in 1987 by Martin Goetze and Dominic Gwynn. It is based on the organs of Richard Bridge at Christ Church Spitalfields (1735) and St Leonard Shoreditch (1756) in London. The case is based on the Richard Bridge organ at Holy Trinity, Newport, Rhode Island, USA (1733). A CD of our organ, featuring music of 18th century England, was recorded in 2011 by our past organist and choir director, Christina Edelen.  It is available at the church bookstall.

Layout of the organ

Layout of the organ:

Great   Swell  
Open Diapason 8 Open Diapason 8
Stop’d Diapason 8 Stop’d Diapason 8
Principal 4 Principal 4
Flute 4 Fifteenth 2
Twelfth 2 ⅔ Cornet III
Fifteenth 2 Hautboy 8
Sesquialtera IV    
Cornet treble V    
Trumpet 8    
Cornet treble V    
Bourdon 16    
Trombone 16    
Swell to Great      
Swell to Pedals      
Great to Pedals      

The manual compass is C – g³, the pedal compass is C – f¹ The pitch is a¹=415Hz and the tuning system is Young’s. For more information on the organ or its builders, see their website