Festival Choir

Arrangements during Lock-down / Covid 19 Restrictions

Updated 1st April 2021: 

During this period of restrictions on singing in church, the choir continues to meet weekly (normally a Monday  evening) via 'Zoom', to share common thoughts and fellowship, and to select the next hymn or anthem to perform. Over the intervening days each member individually records the chosen hymn/anthem at home while listening to a specially prepared 'master' track. The individual recordings are then centrally mixed into a single 'performance' of the music with appropriate accompaniment, and incorporated into the following Sunday's Morning worship video by the vicar/curate. A list of all the recordings made so far can be found at the foot of this page - a link to a Youtube video to each recording will be included over the coming weeks. Please note: For technical reasons, the accompaniment is computer generated, and therefore does not benefit from the skill, creativity and musicianship of our organist, Alex Best, or the quality of our new organ.

About the choir.

The St Mary's Festival Choir normally sings at special services throughout the year, such as at Easter, Christmas, Harvest Festival, Remembrance Sunday and Remembering Together. It also regularly sings at a Choral Evensong on the fourth Sunday of each month.

The choir is usually available to sing at weddings, when it will sing the hymns in support of the congregation, and will, at no extra cost, perform an anthem during the signing of the register, if required. Please discuss requirements for the choir with the Parish Administrator in the first instance.

New members to the choir are always welcome. Choir rehearsals are usually on a Friday evening from 6.00pm to 7.00pm, in church - but see below.

Choir Master: Graham Hinton  [contact]         

Organist / Pianist: Alex Best. 

Choir Calendar 2021 

Until live singing returns to church, the Virtual Choir will be making recording for the following dates: 

Friday 2nd April Good Friday God so loved the world
Sunday 4th April Easter Sunday This joyful Eastertide
Sunday 18th April 3rd Sunday of Easter Seek ye first 
Sunday 2nd May    
Sunday 18th May    
Sunday 23rd May Pentecost Like the murmur of the dove's song (Flexible anthems)


List of hymns and anthems recorded by St Mary's Virtual Choir Link
 1. How lovely are the mountains (Good News)  
 2.This is my body  
 3. We have a Gospel to proclaim  
 4. The Lord’s my shepherd (Stuart Townend)  
 5. The Lord’s my shepherd (Howard Goodall)  
 6. Thine be the glory  
 7. Christ triumphant  
 8. Come down O Love divine  
 9. Be still for the presence of the Lord  
10. In Christ alone  
11. Sweet sacrament divine  
12. All my hope on God is founded  
13. I cannot tell  
14. Eternal father strong to save  
15. God so loved the world  
16. Brother, sister, let me serve you  
17. Song of Mary  
18. O for a thousand tongues to sing  
19. Beauty for brokenness  
20. Guide me O thou great redeemer  
21. For the beauty of the earth  
22. Rock of ages  
23. Will you come and follow me  
24. We will remember them  
25. For all the saints  
26. How great Thou art  
27. Immortal love for ever full  
28. Let all mortal flesh keep silence  
29. Torches  
30. Once in Royal David’s city  
31. O Holy Night ~ Words: John Sullivan Dwight / Music: Adolphe Charles Adam. Arranged MG Sinshack
32. Come Holy Ghost our souls inspire  
33. The Lord bless you and keep you  
34. Dear Lord and Father of mankind  
35. From Ashes to Ashes  
36. Shall we not love thee, Mother dear?  
37. My song is love unknown
38. I the Lord of sea and sky
39. God so loved the word (re-mix)
40. This joyful Eastertide