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.
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.