St Mary’s is a large Norman Church dating from the eleventh century.
It is considered to be the Civic Church of the town.
St Mary’s has a long musical tradition.
Services– The main weekly Sunday Services are the Parish Eucharist
at 9.45 a.m. and Prayer Book Evensong at 6.30 p.m. Evensong is fully choral
once per month when the choir sings a setting of the Canticles and Responses.
There is a wide repertoire of music from Plainchant to the present day.
The Choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music
and there are opportunities to partake in the ‘Voice for Life’ scheme.
Choir rehearsals - take place on Thursday evenings, in the Old Parsonage
from 7.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. . In addition the choir is requested
to be robed and in attendance 30 minutes before each service
for a short rehearsal .
We accept that attendance has to be balanced with other family and work
commitments and are happy to discuss the level of commitment of individual singers.
We would not put off good singers who are unable
to attend every sung service.
We award up to four Choral Scholarships per annum. Click HERE to visit our Choral Scholarships page page.
Details of special events
appear on our main website
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