St Mary’s is a large Norman Church dating from the eleventh century. It is considered
to be the
Civic Church of the town and, as such, hosts civic events.
St Mary’s has a strong musical tradition.

Services– The main weekly Sunday Services are the Parish Eucharist with an anthem 
or motet at 9.45 a.m. and Prayer Book Evensong at 6.30 p.m. Evensong is fully choral 
once per month and the choir sings a setting of the Canticles and Responses. 
An anthem is sung at every service. There are the usual additional services at major 

             festivals and members of the Choir 

also sing at some weddings and funerals.

As well as singing at St Mary’s the Choir sometimes sings in the local community,
in hospitals, nursing homes, 
 and at local hotels at Christmas time.
Members sing in events organized by the Royal School of Church Music, and there are occasional cathedral visits.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
(earlier for a fully choral service). 
Additional rehearsals may be called for special occasions
such as the Christmas Carol Service.

It is accepted that attendance has to be balanced with other family and work
commitments.We are always happy to discuss the level of commitment with individual singers and would not put off good singers who are unable
to make a 100% commitment to the Choir.

We award up to four Choral Scholarships per annum. Click HERE to visit our Choral Scholarships page.

Social Events-Members of the choir and their families enjoy an active social life. Events are organized by the Choir Social Committee, sometimes to raise funds.

A Choir Calendar is issued periodically. Details of special events
appear on the main website

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We are presently recruiting new members in all parts.  If you are interested in joining or would like further information please contact our Organist and Director of Music, Victor Potter, on  07768 274461, email us on or see Victor in Church after a service for an informal chat!

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