Festival Choir


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.

Choir Master: Graham Hinton  [contact]  

Organist: Andrew Divine      

Choir Calendar 2021 

The Festival Choir will be singing at the following services

Sunday 31st October  All Souls Day (Last Sunday after Trinity) Lift up your heads you mighty gates
Sunday 14th November Remembrance Sunday We will remember them.
Sunday 12th December Carol Service Various (tba)





Activity during Lock-down / Covid 19 Restrictions

Updated 24th October 2021: 

During this period of restrictions on singing in church, the choir continued 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 recorded the chosen hymn/anthem at home while listening to a specially prepared 'master' track. The individual recordings were then centrally mixed into a single 'performance' of the music with appropriate accompaniment, and incorporated into the following Sunday's Morning worship by the vicar or curate. A list of all the recordings made can be found at the foot of this page - a link to a Youtube video of some of the  recordings may be included. Please note: For technical reasons, the accompaniment is computer generated, and therefore does not benefit from the skill, creativity and musicianship of our organist or the quality of our new organ.

List of hymns and anthems recorded by St Mary's Virtual Choir

All my hope on God is founded
Be still for the presence of the Lord
Beauty for brokenness
Brother, sister, let me serve you
Christ triumphant
Come down O Love divine
Come Holy Ghost our souls inspire
Dear Lord and Father of mankind
Eternal father strong to save
Fight the good fight.
For all the saints
For the beauty of the earth
From Ashes to Ashes
God is love
God so loved the world 
Guide me O thou great redeemer
Holy, holy, holy! Lord God almighty
How great Thou art
How lovely are the mountains (Good News)
I cannot tell
I the Lord of sea and sky 
Immortal love for ever full
In Christ alone
Let all mortal flesh keep silence
Like the murmur of the dove's song 
My song is love unknown 
O for a thousand tongues to sing
O Holy Night ~ Words: John Sullivan Dwight / Music: Adolphe Charles Adam. Arranged MG Sinshack 
O thou who at the Eucharist didst pray
Once in Royal David’s city
Rock of ages
Seek ye first
Shall we not love thee, Mother dear?
Song of Mary
Sweet sacrament divine
The Lord bless you and keep you
The Lord’s my shepherd (Howard Goodall)
The Lord’s my shepherd (Stuart Townend)
Thine be the glory
This is my body
This joyful Eastertide
We have a Gospel to proclaim
We will remember them
Will you come and follow me