St Mary's has had an enviable musical tradition for many decades, ably led by Mick Perrier, Director of Music who has served the Church for over 40 years! St Mary’s has two choirs: St Mary's Robed Choir and St Mary's Singers. They share services on a rota basis and also sing together for major festivals. The Robed Choir is a traditional choir of girl and boy trebles, with a mixed Alto line of men and former Treble girls, and Tenors and Basses. The Singers are a mixed voice choir of adults.
There are currently seventeen Trebles in the Robed Choir who practise on a weekly basis during term-time. The Trebles follow a recognised Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) programme, initially in order to gain formal admission to the choir and obtain their surplice. The Junior Trebles receive a modest amount of pocket money in return for their dedication to the choir and also have the opportunity to attend social outings, for example to the cinema. Please do encourage your child to join the choir! If you are interested, please talk to Mick Perrier.
On Remembrance Sunday and Palm Sunday an afternoon workshop is run for visiting singers featuring a substantial work, such as Vivaldi’s “Gloria”. The visitors then join the resident choirs to sing the evening service which is built around the work in question.
Every summer the choirs undertake a Cathedral Residency, which has seen them leading choral worship in places such as Peterborough, Portsmouth, St. Edmundsbury and Wells Cathedrals.
St. Mary’s organ is the prize-winning instrument built by Henry Jones of Kensington for the National Arts Treasures Exhibition in Folkestone in 1885. It is was rebuilt by Nicholson’s in 1966 and is about to undergo a major restoration.
If you are interested in being part of St. Mary’s Music Team, please contact Mick Perrier via the Church Office or speak to him in St. Mary’s Church.