The present choir of fifteen adult members aims to both maintain the long-standing musical tradition at St Mary’s and to introduce more contemporary items. The choir is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music and supports events organised by them. We have an extensive library of music representative of many styles and ages.
Due to the pandemic the pattern of choral services on Sundays has been disrupted. Current arrangements are to be found on the main part of this website.
At present Choral Eucharist alternates between mornings (10.00am) and evenings (6.30pm) We are aiming to hold a fully choral evensong at major festivals. On several occasions during the year special seasonal services of music and readings are held.
Choir practice is held in the choir vestry each Friday between 7.15pm and 8.30pm. We give a warm welcome to potential new singers, especially students living in the Fishponds area.
There is no children’s choir at present but we would be keen to re-establish a group should a nucleus of choristers come forward.
The Royal School of Church Music training Scheme A Voice for Life is available if required for choristers to work through at their own pace.
We are at present rehearsing music for the services listed in the Coming Up section.
John Anson (Director of Music)
RICHARD MORGAN RIP
Our brilliant organist, Richard Morgan died from cancer on Ash Wednesday 2020. We all miss him very much.
Some of our services are recorded. The collection of musical recordings going back to 2008 is available on our music player. There is a wide range of music, including hymns, psalms, anthems, canticles and organ voluntaries from across the centuries, available for free.
The music player works well on phones, tablets and PCs and allows you to stream or download the music.