Music

Music

Director of Music: James Potter

Organ Scholar: Callum Anderson

Music at St. Mary’s

Music plays an integral role in the life of St. Mary’s both within and outside of worship. St. Mary’s has a very good voluntary choir which sing each Sunday Morning at the 11am Eucharist as well as at two full choral evensongs per month, (on the second and fourth Sundays of the month). The choir is led by the Director, Tyrone. The first Sunday of each month is supported by the First Sunday band, led by Mary Tester. There are many extra services in which the choir sing during Advent, Christmas and Easter as well as concerts throughout the year at St. Mary’s and elsewhere.

choirChoral Music

The choir has an extensive repertoire ranging from early Renaissance to the present day and has recently sung in Exeter College, Oxford and Southwark Cathedral, London. A typical Sunday Eucharist will usually consist of two anthems, a psalm sung to Anglican chant, hymns and a congregational mass setting. Recent anthems have included Jonathan Dove’s Vast Ocean of Light (from the Choirbook for the Queen), and both Duruflé and Fauré Requiems. Choral Evensongs follow the Book of Common Prayer with sung canticles, psalms and anthem. Recent settings have included Dyson in D, Stanford in G, and Howells Collegium Regale.

SCHOLARSHIPS

St. Mary’s is pleased to offer an organ scholarship and four choral scholarships each academic year. These positions offer undergraduate and postgraduate students and singers the opportunity to explore new repertoire, improve their technique and broaden their musicianship. The scholarships are advertised each year early in the Spring term.

altosRecently, St. Mary’s has received a very generous grant from the Ouseley Trust, which has helped to support the choral scholarships at St. Mary’s in 2015. For more information, please contact the Director of Music.

 

The Choir of St. Mary’s is RECRUITING:

Music making at St. Mary’s is diverse, enjoyable and fulfilling. Come along to a rehearsal on a Wednesday Evening at 7:30pm to find out what being a chorister at St. Mary’s is all about! Spread the word!

Concerts and Recitals

OrganThere is much music making at St. Mary’s outside of the service. Concerts are often given by the choir throughout the year and new since 2012, an instrumental recital series featuring musicians from around London.

The Organ

A 1991 Saxon Aldred instrument of 2 manuals with 27 stops, the organ of St. Mary’s is an incredibly versatile instrument. More information about the organ can be found here.


Visiting Choirs and Performers

If you are interested at singing at St. Mary’s as a choir or performing a recital, please make initial contact with James Potter whom will be able to discuss possible dates and times.

Music Director

Should you have any enquiries or requests, please contact our Music Director, James Potter –

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