Festival Choir

Arrangements during Lock-down / Covid 19 Restrictions

Updated 14th January 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. These recordings can be found on the Audio page.

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: 

Sunday 24th   Dear Lord and Father of mankind.
Sunday 7th   The Lord bless you and keep you.
Wednesday 17th February Ash Wednesday Ashes to ashes.
Sunday 28th   My song is love unknown.
Sunday 14th Mothering Sunday Shall we not love thee mother, dear.
Sunday 28th  Palm Sunday I the Lord of sea and sky.
Friday 2nd April Good Friday God so loved the world
Sunday 4th April Easter Sunday This joyful Eastertide