Applications are now open for Organ and Choral Scholarships in 2019-20. For more information, including details of how to apply, please click the links below:



Applications close at 5pm on Friday 31 May.

Music at St. Mary’s

Director of Music: James Morley Potter MA (Oxon) CRCO DipCHD

Organ Scholar 2018-19: Guy Steed BA (Hons) ARCO DipABRSM

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 (except on the first Sunday of the month) as well as at two full choral evensongs per month, (on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, except during Advent and Lent). The choir is led by the Director of Music. 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. 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. Concert repertoire has included Mozart Requiem and Buxtehude Membra Jesu nostri.


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.

altosSt. Mary’s is grateful to the Ouseley Trust, which has helped to support the choral scholarships at St. Mary’s in the past. If you wish to contribute to the funding of music at St Mary’s, 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, and the choir always welcomes new recruits. There’s no audition, but some experience with reading music is helpful. Enquiries to the Director of Music.

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, 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, please contact the Director of Music, James Potter –

eMail : [email protected]