Music at St. Mary’s Church
St. Mary's Church is blessed with a wide variety of musical styles as shown below.
St.Mary's is fortunate in that it still has a traditional Church Choir singing
from the choir stalls for Choral Communion, Evensong,the major festivals of Easter and Christmas, weddings and funerals. The choir can also be found in the body of the church supporting the singing at the more informal Family and Praise services.
Affiliated to the R.S.C.M., the choir members have attended choral workshops and singing days. Although much traditional choral music is sung- John Rutter's work appears frequently – the latest communion setting is by Margaret Rizza (Her original arrangements of Taize chants reached number 1 in the charts and was featured on Classic FM over several weeks in 2006) and 'Love Changes Everything' has featured at a number of weddings.
The choir also functions as a major fund raising and social group within the church. Past events organised have been an Open Gardens Day, Scarecrow Trails, Coffee evenings and an annual Summer Fete.
New members of any voice are always welcome and an ability to read music is not necessary.
For our more modern services, we enjoy the benefit of a small music group led by guitarist John Watson who is supported by keyboards and drums. The group generally leads worship at our informal '2nd Sunday' Evening service, Family and special event services.
Again, new members would be welcome, especially singers.