Music is an important part of the worship at St Mary’s with a wide variety of musical genres used, although there has unfortunately been little music during the covid pandemic since March 2020. We hope to resume when the conditions allow and it is safe to do so.
St. Mary’s has a small, largely adult choir that sings for all the main church services. Our repertoire is quite varied covering most periods of music and ranging from unaccompanied 16th century anthems, through several centuries of composition to modern worship songs. We use a recently composed setting of the Eucharist service by David Ogden.
The choir normally rehearses from 9.30am for 40 minutes on Sunday mornings before the main church service which starts at 10.30am. There are no strict rules about regular attendance, but obviously the Sunday morning service is the main focus.
The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and members have the opportunity to take part in training and singing events which are organised by the RSCM locally.
Choir members, with other instrumentalists, often play brass or woodwind instruments for some of our services including bi-annual services based on the Taize tradition, and for the annual popular Carols on the Quay event.
We are looking forward to resuming our normal activities later in 2021 when conditions allow and, would welcome singers for all voice parts who may like to join us. Some younger singers come along with their parents and are most welcome. Do come along when we restart and give it a try.
If you would like more information, do contact Graham Wadley the Director of Music, initially by email to firstname.lastname@example.org