Music is very important to us at St Mary's. We have an excellent adult choir who sing every week and at all major festivals; on the first Sunday of the month they are joined by the junior choir for the Family Service.
Recent special musical events include a very successful “Bring-and-Sing” performance of The Crucifixion by Stainer, and the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré. On both occasions our Director of Music, Joanna Chivers, was joined by James Roriston, organist at the International School in Uppsala, Sweden. And every year the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a highlight of our Christmas celebrations.
The Organ is situated in the tower loft at the West End of the church. A two manual organ by G M Holdich, it was originally in the chapel of the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford. A generous bequest from a past organist, Mr Fred Stacey, enabled us to obtain the instrument when it was no longer required at its’ original home.
Music in Church is a series of concerts that take place on the second Sunday of the month for most of the year. Given by small ensembles, these concerts are extremely popular and many distinguished soloists have performed for us at the start of their career before going on to greater things.