St Mary’s Church has maintained quite a strong musical tradition for many years now. The present choir numbers some 35 adults with a few young choristers. Choir practice is held every Friday evening from 7.30pm until 9pm and then the choir leads the music at the 10.30am Sung Eucharist and 6.30pm Choral Evensong, each service having a short practice beforehand. We sing a variety of music spanning the centuries, from plainchant through to very contemporary commissions and we are one of a diminishing number of choirs that sings Choral Evensong most weeks.
Membership of the choir is flexible for those who cannot make a full commitment, but all members are expected to attend the Friday night rehearsal and at least one of the Sunday services. During the year the choirs sings at a number of special services and events and also maintains a lively social life. The choir is non-auditioned, but it is hoped that prospective members should show a reasonable standard of music reading. Anyone wishing to be considered for membership should get in touch with the Director of Music.
St Mary’s is fortunate to possess a fine 3 manual organ, which was rebuilt in 2017 by the Isle of Wight firm, Andrew Cooper and Co. It has a variety of colours and is equipped with the latest technology to enable the player to perform every style of organ music with authenticity. The specification is found below: