Choral Evensongs at St Mary's!

Well, it's going to be a busy time musically at St Mary's and we are due to be bathed in wonderful choral music over the next few months. The robed choir sings, of course, most weeks at the 10am Sunday Parish Communion service and at our monthly service of Choral Evensong on second Sundays of the month. 

The next one of these (on May 12th at 6.30pm) will be a very joyful and special service held jointly with other choirs and singers affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music. A celebration of Easter, it will include the beautiful anthem 'The angel rolled the stone away', by Gordon Appleton - a man well-known to many of us at St Mary's and who died suddenly on Easter Day last year. Other music will include works by Herbert Brewer, Charles Wood and local composer Philip Wilby. As usual, Andrew Christer will be providing stylish accompaniments on the organ and we will be under the baton of Andrew Robinson, an experienced and inspirational conductor and former Regional Music Advisor for the RSCM. 

The following Saturday (18th May) sees one of the most accomplished chamber choirs in north Yorkshire pay their first visit to the church. The Paulinus Singers is a choir based in Ripon with a wide and varied repertoire encompassing top- notch performances of unaccompanied choral works and songs. Yours Truly may also be permitted to blow some cobwebs out of the organ in a couple of pieces at this concert which starts at 7.30pm.

Pentecost Sunday this year is on 9th June which falls conveniently on the second Sunday and therefore Choral Evensong week. This year we are going to celebrate that Church Feast by singing Evensong in the beautiful location of Marske church - please do join us for a relaxed service in a splendid Dales setting. 14th July will see us back at St Mary's for a big end-of-term service of Choral Evensong. There will be no service in August BUT the really exciting news is that we will be celebrating our Patronal Festival on September 8th not just at the morning service but also at a special choral evensong  combined (at St Mary's) with the choir of Bradford Cathedral! Music will include Noble's stylish setting of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis in b minor and other music appropriate for St Mary's Day.

Also in the pipeline is another visit to Ripon Cathedral to sing there and a workshop  and concert with the phenomenal Barnsley Youth Choir, who sang here on their way to performing at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival

If you have any questions about any of these events, or indeed anything to do with our music at St Mary's please contact Chris Denton.

 The music is a very important aspect of the life and worship at St Mary’s. Mirroring the worship of the church, the music takes different forms and involves many different people.

Our Musical Director is Chris Denton who is married to a vicar whose parish lies to the north of ours.  Their young son sings with other youngsters in the treble section of the traditional robed choir which is RSCM affiliated.   The youngsters are supported by our adult singers and together they lead the worship at most of the Sunday 10 am services as well as the monthly Choral Evensong.  Our youngsters also sing at weddings and other occasional services.

Chris’ developing role also sees him coordinate the music at the third Sunday morning Worship for All service.  This involves a different set of singers and musicians whose repertoire is less formal.

On some special occasions both sets of musicians join together with each other and with other choirs connected with the church.  These broaden the opportunity for those both within and without the church to worship together through music.

You can contact Chris via email at or on 07817 386070.  He would love to hear from you. 

The church is blessed with a fine Harrison organ that is in good order as this attracts the finest organists to give recitals at St Marys.


The church building is a fine venue for concerts both as ‘one-offs’ and also as part of festivals in the area.