Tyrone Whiting – Director of Music sends his report of musical happenings so far in the choral year, and a look ahead to treats to come.

It has been a wonderful start to the year for the Choir of St. Mary’s with lots of exciting things having happened with many more to come!

Our new Organ Scholar, Domenico Gioffré has made a great start to his term as scholar, and brings an enthusiastic, Sicilian charm to the music making at church. We also welcome three new Choral Scholars: Lindsey James, Samantha Blickhan and Adam Tyndall; all of whom have made an excellent contribution to the choir at St. Mary’s in both voice and character.

On September 29th, the church formally welcomed the new scholars in a service which featured Zadok the Priest with strings and organ as well as a Mozart motet sung by the scholars. An excellent effort on behalf of the choir which has set a very positive outlook for the year ahead!

The choir are going from strength to strength and continue to work hard to support the worship and other music making at the church. Their efforts and enthusiasm for singing were warmly received at the Ministry Fair in September ensuring the music at St. Mary’s continues to thrive. I am very grateful and proud of their commitment and achievements.

For the 1611 Bible Evening on the 7th November, the choir are working very hard to prepare a vast array of music to support the event. As well as welcoming David Crystal to talk about and read from the newly restored bible, a new piece by the renowned composer Simon Bainbridge has been commission for the Choir of St. Mary’s featuring the choir, 4 soloists and the marimba! A piece unlike anything the choir has performed before and not to be missed. The event, run jointly with the Battersea Society will also feature music of the 17th Century as well as a famous work by Parry. Tickets are available to buy in advance so book them now!

On the 10th November, as well as our usual Borough Service of Remembrance in the morning, there will be a Remembrance Eucharist service at 6:30pm with music sung by the scholars, their first major project of the term.

Looking ahead to advent, there are many exciting musical happenings! From the Advent Carols service on the 1st December to 9 Lessons and Carols on the 22nd December. Keep an eye out for posters around church!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support of the music at St. Mary’s. The music is here for everyone, and with your continued support and appreciation the music will continue to flourish.

Tyrone Whiting – Director of Music