St Mary's Choir is always looking for new members to swell the ranks, both trebles and back row voices. Singing experience is desirable, although not essential.
We sing a wide repertoire at St Mary's and sing regularly at other venues. We have sung at:
and venues in
We are singing at
Contact Director of Music,
For many years St Mary’s has enjoyed a long musical tradition that has enhanced church services and given inspiration to all who have worshipped here. In a very literal sense, generations of singers and other musicians have not only received support and encouragement for their music making, but in many cases have gone on to use this experience as a springboard for a lifetime of musical fulfilment. It is our objective to maintain and develop this established heritage and preserve it for those who will follow. We are one of the few parish churches that maintain a treble line consisting of boy Choristers. Our repertoire ranges from Plainsong to music by Tudor composers through to contemporary Motets.
What musical activities take place?
What does choir membership involve?
The regular choir get time off when St Mary's Ladies Choir, directed by Pam Akhurst, lead the Sunday worship and perform an anthem once a month. Recruits to the Ladies Choir are also welcome!
The Boys Choir football team is soon to be back on the pitch, and choir members also support and take part in the activities of St Mary's Youth Link (SMYL) with its exciting days out, water fights and camping trips!
The Choir are supported by the Rector and PCC
Our Director of Music
Dorman began his training as a chorister at
September 2005, he succeeded Kerry Beaumont as a Deputy Organist at Guildford
Cathedral where he regularly deputised for the then Sub Organist David
Davies, under the direction of Stephen Farr. He was simultaneously appointed
Director of Music at
is associate conductor of the chamber choir Sine Nomine. He has been Chorus-master of the Rugby
School Philharmonic and at present works as an Organ tutor at
The Organs at St. Mary's
Our fine Lewis Organ housed in a case by the workshop of William Morris was overhauled by Willis in the 1990s and is currently in the care of Harrisons of Durham. The PCC are budgeting for its next overhaul some time in the next decade.