St Mary’s has a strong musical tradition. A four part choir sings each Sunday at both morning and evening services as well as on feast days and for other special events. The church is especially
notable for its fine, three manual, tracker organ.
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St Mary's Church Choir
St Mary’s has a committed choir, which practices every Friday evening and before main services. We sing a wide repertoire of sacred music from the Renaissance period to the present day and we welcome new members without audition. Members of the choir should be comfortable reading music to some degree because of the varied music sung weekly, but if you are interested in joining us, please contact the Parish Office as we are currently recruiting a new Director of Music.
Several times each year we have an evening service in the style of the Christian Community at Taizé in France. Short songs, repeated again and again, give it a meditative character.
Our next services in this style will be at 6.30pm on Sundays 11th February, 18th March, 20th May and Sunday 8th July. We welcome instrumentalists to play at these services – please get in touch with Ian about a week before, if you would like to contribute.
St. Mary’s choristers sing at Sunday morning services during term time and at occasional special services throughout the year alongside the adult choir. We rehearse on Sunday morning 9:00-9:30 ahead of the main service, and choristers receive expert instruction in vocal technique as they are exposed to a wide range of choral repertoire. Choristers are also enrolled in the Royal Schools of Church Music medals programme, Voice for Life. Choristers are accepted from the age of 6 subject to reading ability.
The church organ
The Organ was built after the fire in 1969, by Grant, Degens and Bradbeer Ltd. of Northampton, who have also built instruments for New College, Oxford and the University of York. It is a tracker-action organ with a light, clear sound, comprising three manuals and thirty-two speaking stops.
Concerts at St Mary's
St Mary’s is home to regular concerts and music making. We have hosted the East London Music Festival and welcomed choirs, orchestras and organ players from the UK and abroad. Information about our next concerts will be published here and on our Facebook page.