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The Choir and Music

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Palm Sunday 2nd April 7-8pm

A free concert of medieval and Renaissance sacred music

Water is a metaphor for God as the source of all life but also of great destruction. Despite our best intentions, we are swept from the nourishing fountainhead to flail through the streams and rivers of accumulating hardships to the deep wrathful sea . . . and then beyond. This journey is reflected in the texts of our music.


Louise Eekelaar - soprano

Paul Alexei Smith - countertenor

Eszter Komáromi, Esha Neogy, Amanda Seaborn - viols

Music: Welcome


There has been a long tradition of choral singing at St Mary’s for well over 100 years. Choral music is a vital and valued part of the life of our Church.  Our services involve singing at the Parish Mass each Sunday and for a service of choral evensong, usually on the first Sunday of the month. Occasionally we sing for weekday services such as Ash Wednesday, during Holy week and also for carol services at Advent and Christmas.
The choir, are a friendly, dedicated and talented group of voluntary singers drawn together by a love of singing sacred music in its liturgical context.
For further information contact the director of music.

Recorded during lockdown 2022


1907 Choir, Clergy & Churchwardens

 A short history of the organ at St.Mary's

In 1521 Stephen Colman left the residue of his goods towards the purchase of a ‘payre of organys’ and in 1552 they appear in the inventory of the church goods. When the church was taken down in 1774, arrangements were made for the organ’s safe custody. Samuel Spencer in about 1790 presented the church with a much larger instrument. Later this was replaced by another, erected by public subscription. This, which stood like its two predecessors in the western gallery, was removed with the gallery in 1881.


A new organ was built by Brindley & Foster and placed in the northern transept of the new chancel. For most of this period William Whitehead was the Director of Music.








In 1952 this organ was enlarged and divided to include pipework in the south gallery by Spurden  Rutt & Co with electric action and a detached console under the south gallery. The Director of Music, Lewis Vincent,  founded the 'St.Mary's Singers' which later became the 'Lewisham Choral Society'.







The present three manual digital ‘Allen’ organ, with speakers in both galleries, has 44 stops, a recording sequencer, crescendo pedal, transposer, bass and melody couplers, and four midi stops which incorporate a library of 33 voices. Under the direction of Chris Stringfellow & Chris Eva, it was purchased in 1996 as part of the re-ordering of the building with a bequest from Ruth Bennett, a loyal member of the congregation.


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Concert Series

Our current concert series are under the  title  'Cheese & Wine Mini Concert'

They are free, informal one-hour concerts following Sung Evensong on the first Sunday of the month.


Sun 6th Feb                  Sonnet – Mozart’s Serenade for 13 wind instruments.

Sun 6th March              Sonnet – Gounod’s Petite Symphonie

Sun 3rd April                Sonnet – Dvorak’s Serenade in D minor

Sun 15th May               Sonnet – Octets by Beethoven and Mozart

Sun 4th Sept                 Posthumous Organ Recital - Carlo Curley

Sun 2nd Oct                 Astri Vocal Quartet

Sun 6th Nov                  Sonnet Wind Orchestra with Fireworks

Sun 4th Dec                  Crofton Brass



Sun 5th Feb                  The Bonhoeffer Recorder Ensemble ‘A journey through the ages’

Sun 5th March              Music Students from Colfe's School

Sun 2nd April                A programme for Palm Sunday - early music group Ensemble Tramontana

Sun 7th May                  Organ Recital by John Webber

Sun 4th June                 Sonnet Wind Ensemble - Dvorak

Sun 2nd July                 School Concert


Music: Join Us
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