Our small but loyal four-part choir leads the Parish Eucharist at 09.30 every Sunday and Evensong at 18.00 on the third Sunday of each month. We also sing at weddings and occasional funerals, the Nine Lessons and Carols service just before Christmas, and other special occasions. We sing a wide variety of music from traditional hymns and modern worship songs to plainchant, psalms, anthems and Taizé.
We may look formal in our blue uniforms but we are a relaxed group of singers eager to maintain a good standard of music to the glory of God. All newcomers are welcome, the only qualifications are enthusiasm and the ability to sing in tune.
If you are interested in joining the choir or would like more information, please contact Jacquie Biddlecombe via the Parish Office.
The organ is typical of the late 1880s, built by a Yorkshire firm called Conacher. There has been talk of “historic aspects of the instrument and a French connection”. Although the reeds and some flue work have a certain French quality, it is difficult to attribute it to a firm or person. It was overhauled in the late 1960s by Noterman’s — probably by Arthur, whose father Alphonse came to this country after working with the famous organ-builder Cavaillé-Coll in Paris and established a business. Conacher’s are said to have employed French workmen in the 1860s, and might have kept a French element in their style until the 1890s. The instrument was moved to St Mary’s from Christchurch, High Wycombe in the late 1960s.
The current registration is:
|Great||Open diapason 8, Rohrflute 8, Harmonic Flute 8, Principal 4, Fifteenth 2, Mixture|
|Swell||Violin Diapason 8, Harmonic Flute 8, Salacional 8, Voix Celeste 8, Geigen Principal 4, Oboe 8, Trumpet 8, (Tremluant)|
|Pedals||Open Diapason 16, Bourdon 16|
|Couplers||Swell Octave 4, Swell Octave 16, Swell/Great, Swell/Pedal, Great/Pedal|
Anyone wishing to play the organ, play for services or join the choir please contact Stuart King via the Parish Office for more information.