St Mary’s Church Sunday Music Group
Music Group is an enthusiastic group of approximately 20 singers and
instrumentalists who gather on Sunday mornings to lead the music at the 10.30am
service. The members of the group have varying levels of musical skills and
training, but all share the desire to serve God through their musical talents,
and we learn much from one another. Our Musical Director and organist is Peter
Dart. He is supported by our pianist,
Ian French and our guitarist Rosie Creedon who also deals with much of the
We aim to be flexible, recognising that, for some, committing to every week is difficult, and many of the group serve in other ways as well such as helping with our young people, so most of our rehearsals are on the morning before the service (9.30am), and the line-up from week to week varies, depending on who is available. As a church we are trying to make our worship accessible and enriching to people of many tastes, so our repertoire reflects this and includes traditional hymns, occasional anthems, Taize chants and modern worship songs. For special occasions we take on additional challenges, and a few additional rehearsals, usually on Fridays, in order to produce music for services such as the carol service. We are fortunate to be supported on some of these occasions by some professional musicians. Some of the group have also been known to let down their hair and strut their stuff on the stage of the Woodclyffe Hall as a warm-up act for the main band in the Village Festival Blues or Folk nights!
the moment, our instrumental line-up is not as varied as it once was. Some of our musical teenagers grew up and
went off to university and then moved away, and our talented clarinettist,
Alan, sometimes feels a bit lonely without some other wind players to keep him
company! We would like to encourage more instrumentalists to join us, although
due to our limited rehearsal time, we need players to be approximately grade 5
standard or above. We have a set of drums, currently unused, and whilst we have
no intention of adding drums to all our musical offerings, they would
definitely enhance some of the modern songs we do, so do let us know of any competent drummers you know of who would be
willing to play sometimes. We are always keen to have more singers. You don’t
need to be able to read music, just the ability to sing in tune. Please consider joining us!
|Music in general, Annual Concert, Festival events|| Peter Dart|
|Singing in the Sunday Music Group, or the Carol Service|| Rosie Creedon|
|Playing an instrument / piano / drums|| Ian French|
The current list of music which we plan to sing on Sunday mornings can be found here.
Apart from providing the music for the worship in our churches, there is a programme of other musical activities using both our own resources within the Parish and visiting musicians.
The next Annual Concert will be on Saturday 18th November 2017 7.30pm
The Annual Concert is almost always a sell-out. It’s like Wargrave’s Got Musical Talent.
All the music, whether classical or contemporary, is ‘popular’ and the aim is to have a really enjoyable evening. A lot of younger people perform and it is really important to support them. All the proceeds will go to the 21C Appeal.
The Carol Service is on Sunday December 17. Last year over 40 people sang in the Choir and the church was full and it was a most joyous occasion. All singers are invited. BUT you need to come to some if not most of the rehearsals which are on the following dates between 7.15 - 8.30pm More information please contact [hidden] 940 2298
Monday Nov 20; Monday Nov 27; Friday Dec 8 and Friday Dec 15. There is a dress rehearsal on the Sunday Dec
17th at Noon.
ADVANCE SAVE THE DATE : Monday June 12 2017
many of you will know our Musical Director serves on many music boards,
including the Council of the Royal College of Music, the VCM foundation (which
is behind Voces8 and Apollo5) and also The
Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
We are incredibly fortunate that Peter has persuaded the Academy to come
to the Wargrave Village Festival this year
on Monday June 12. They are, quite simply, the best classical
orchestra in the UK, and one of the best in the world. It will be the first
time ever they have come to Wargrave. Save the date!
We are always interested in providing a venue for concerts from local schools or other music groups in the area. Please be in touch if you wish to consider this option.
We are fortunate to have occasional visits from Susanna Buckle, a classically trained soprano, to sing at services or concerts in Church. She is also available for weddings and solo work, and her details can be found here.