The music ministry at St Mary’s aims to provide spiritual nourishment through the God-given gift of music. Throughout our heritage as Christian people, music has played a fundamental role in worship and in being part of our outreach to others. While grounded in the wealth of great choral and organ compositions of the past, the music we offer also embraces works by living composers and of other Christian traditions.
A variety of choirs provide leadership in music-making. The 35-voice adult choir offers choral music for all our major festivals and special liturgical events. These include
- Advent Lessons & Carols
- Christmas Lessons & Carols
- Ash Wednesday
- Palm/Passion Sunday – our tradition is to focus on Palm liturgy at the 9:15am service, and on the Passion readings at 11:15am
- Maundy Thursday
- Good Friday
- Great Vigil
- Diocesan and Archdeaconry events
The singers also sing at the Sunday morning services: the 9:15am choir focuses on congregational leadership, using the music of Taize, Iona and other communities; the 11:15am choir leads the traditional Anglican repertoire of Eucharist settings, anthems and motets from the plainchant of the Middle Ages to contemporary works. The choir is led by a core quartet of experienced paid singers.
The Children’s Choir also meets regularly, and help to lead at Wonder Sunday services. The Handbell Choir offers preludes and postludes, as well as accompanying the choir for special anthems.
The organ is a 3 manual 1964 Casavant with an older console, 1955. It is used for all three Sunday morning services as well as special services and occasional recitals.
For further information please contact the Music Director, Brigid Coult.