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.

The main choral services on Sundays are:-

  • 10.00am – Sung Eucharist. We sing a service setting with seasonal variations and an anthem.
  • 6.30pm – Evensong. This follows the order set out in the Book of Common Prayer. An anthem is prepared every week and the service is fully choral at major festivals.  On several occasions during the year special seasonal services of music and readings are held.

Choir Practice

Choir practice is held in the choir vestry each Friday between 7.00pm 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.

Since September 2019 we have prepared this music for special services:-

2 February – Choral Evensong for Candlemas

  • O gladsome light – Bourgeois
  • Byrd Responses
  • Statham in E minor
  • When to the temple – Eccard

Carol Services for Christmas and Epiphany

1 December – Advent Sequence

  • The Advent Candle – Chilcott
  • Hail! Blessed Virgin Mary – trad. Italian
  • O thou the central orb – Wood  

24 November – Choral Evensong for Christ the King/St.Cecilia

  • Rejoice! The Lord is King! – Archer
  • Responses – Byrd
  • Sumsion in G
  • Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace -Sumsion

3 November – Choral Evensong for All Saints

  • Give us the wings of faith – Bullock
  • Responses – Byrd
  • Stanford in B flat
  • O quam gloriosum – Victoria

6 October – Choral Evensong for Dedication Festival

  • Locus iste – Bruckner
  • Responses – Sanders
  • Stanford in C
  • Behold the tabernacle of God – Harris

7 September – Choral Evensong for Patronal Festival

  • Consider the lilies – JWA – first performance
  • Responses – Sanders
  • Walmisley in D minor
  • Ave Maria – Rachmaninov

 6 September – Flower Festival – The Church’s Year

  • Up awake! from highest steeple – Nicolai/J Praetorius
  • The Gallery Carol – traditional Dorset Carol
  • The Crown of Roses – Tchaikowski
  • Hosanna to the Son of David – Telemann
  • God is living, God is here! – J S Bach
  • Think of how God loves you – James MacMillan
  • Ave Maria – Ives
  • Look at the world – Rutter
  • For the beauty of the earth – Stopford


Our brilliant organist, Richard Morgan died from cancer on Ash Wednesday 2020.  We all miss him very much.


Click the player to hear a selection of music being sung by the Choir during the Choral Evensong celebrating All Saints.

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