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.
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.
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.
Recently, 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.