Choir

St Mary’s Church Choir 

{Affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM)}

The Service Music at St Mary’s is led and supported by a small but effective church choir of 7-10 members for the main morning service, which is normally a Eucharistic service except in week two of most months when a “Morning Praise” service is substituted.

Choir practices are held on Friday evenings, except during August, from 7.15pm to around 8.15pm. The choir leads the hymn singing and service settings in routine and special services.

The choir also plays a significant part in the larger “West Wickham Choir” which is loosely based on the choirs from St Mary’s, St Francis and Emmanuel URC. This allows for additional members of the congregations and community to take part in larger works, which have so far included Vivaldi’s “Gloria”, Fauré’s “Requiem” and other works for specific special services. Currently (June 2016) that larger body is working on several pieces for a July Concert which will include much of “The Armed Man” by Karl Jenkins, as well as other music reflecting a theme of “Peace”.

The choirs of St Mary and St Francis also combine monthly to lead the joint services held in alternate churches, and work well together.

Interested potential choir members should contact the Musical Director/Organist to discuss an appropriate time for joining in. All are welcome, subject only to an RSCM lower age-limit of 7 years. –for the younger recruits, reasonable competence in reading is necessary.

Occasionally, when resources and members’ commitments allow, the choir also performs as part of a wider church group in other music ranging from music hall to West End Musicals.

There is a small Music Advisory Group which meets 4 times per year to discuss the music programme and to choose hymns/other music for services.

For information about music at St Mary of Nazareth Church please email geoff@mussard.org.uk or telephone 020 8650 8389

n.b. The same contact details apply for those interested in music at St Francis of Assisi Church.