The Parish Church Choir in its present form has been in existence since the early 1950s and sings "to the glory of God and for pleasant recreation". We welcome new choristers (preferably with sight-reading skills) and offer a varied repertoire of church music from the sixteenth to twenty-first centuries. We are grateful to all choristers for their enthusiasm and continuing dedication to the musical life of St Mary's Church.
Any child over the age of eight who is interested in singing is invited to become a probationer.
The juniors practise on Fridays from 7.00pm to 7.45pm and on Sunday mornings at 10.15am before the Parish Eucharist. They are responsible for helping to lead the congregation at the Parish Eucharist at 10:45 am. They learn hymns, psalms and anthems - both old and new - and perform one of their own anthems every week.
Many of the choristers also sing in choirs elsewhere. Learning to sing improves confidence and concentration and is a 'skill for life'. And when that life moves on, how wonderful it is to be wanted and welcomed wherever you go!
The senior choir is comprised of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. Responsibilities include singing for the Parish Eucharist and Choral Evensong each week and providing singers for weddings and funerals. The senior Choir rehearse 8:00pm to 9:15pm on Friday and on Sunday mornings at 10.15am before the Parish Eucharist.