St Mary’s Church is blessed to have the services of a friendly, enthusiastic, dedicated and talented group of singers that is St Mary’s Choir.
The choir sings in St Mary’s at the morning services and at the evening service on the first Sunday of the month. The evening service is often a full Choral Evensong, and special musical services are sung throughout the year at Advent, Christmas, Candlemas, Palm Sunday, and Remembrance.
Recordings of the choir can be found here.
The choir generally has a cathedral visit each year – Salisbury, Winchester, Guildford, Portsmouth and Christchurch Priory have been regular favourites over the past few years. The picture shows the choir at Rochester Cathedral.
The choir also performs an annual concert in aid of local charities.
Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00pm in St Mary’s Church.
If you would like to sing in St Mary’s Choir, or know of anyone who might be interested in doing so, please have a word with Mike Smith
The first organ was built by Forster and Andrews and installed in St Mary's in 1871. It was a gift of Mrs Esther Combe of Pierrepont. It was entirely reconstructed by Hill, Norman and Beard in the spring of 1922.
It had tubular pneumatic action and was blown by a new hydraulic engine although this was replaced by an electric motor in 1929. Since then, further restoration and enhancements have given us the magnificent instrument we have today.