There has for a very long time been a tradition of choral music in the churches of our parish, especially at St. Mary’s Church. Indeed, it appears that the original design for St. Mary’s incorporated choir seating in the chancel. Considering when the church was built, and the style of Anglo-Catholic music at that time, it is probable that there would have been a choir of men and boys leading the worship. We currently have an adult SATB robed choir of sixteen singers who lead the worship each week at one of our two churches for the Sunday Mass. We also have Evensong once a month and occasional weekday services.
We will always welcome new people to join this very friendly group, so if you are interested do please just come along to choir practice (practices are suspended until further notice because of Covid 19), speak to a choir member or send an email to our Director of Music (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Indications are that there was a pipe organ at St. Mary’s soon after the church was built, though nothing now survives of the original instrument. Our current two-manual-and pedal organ was built by the highly-respected Squire of Paddington. Though somewhat altered in more recent times, it is still tonally very fine, largely a product of what is sometimes referred to as ‘the golden age of English organ design’. Sadly, it suffers from a slightly unreliable electric action and, oddly, at some time in the past, it was turned around and squeezed into its present position, ‘speaking’ southwards, and not therefore giving of its best to the nave. In the Church of the Good Shepherd there is a tonally good single-manual instrument with a short pedalboard. Little is known of this organ's history, apart from that it was built by Trudgeons of St. Dennis. This small local firm installed many instruments in the area, notably in a number of Methodist churches.