St Mary & St John Choir

What sort of choir are we?
We are a small, friendly, non-auditioned, unrobed, gathered SATB choir. Affiliated to the RSCM.

When/Where do we rehearse?
In St Mary and St John Parish Centre at 8pm on Tuesdays.


What musical instrument is used?
A Yamaha P60 with weighted action keyboard giving both piano, organ and other sounds. Piano used in church.

Who leads?
We have an administration person, but rehearsals are run by a trained musician friend. We are pretty democratic in music choice and decision-making.

What do we sing?
All sorts!   Really the answer is that we like to have a varied repertoire. We all have Hymns Old and New, which is our basic church hymn book. We supplement this with the OUP New Church Anthem Book and various Carols for Choirs books, plus works from a photocopiable RSCM resource book and the Sunday to Sunday publication. Some of our members have sung in Christian worship musicals, so we sometimes use those books too. Our range is from fairly elevated (Mozart’s Ave Verum) to the more popular. Choir members often suggest things they have heard or sung and we try to accommodate these if copyright and our budget allow.

We also sing at other choral events as they arise. e.g. some people sang the Faure Requiem with the Really Big Chorus in the Albert Hall and each year we take part in the RSCM Festival Evensong with other church choirs from around the diocese. In 2012 we sang in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.


Members of St Mary & St John’s choir pictured at Windsor Castle before the 2012 RSC Church Music Festival Evensong; some of the 370 choir representatives led in song by Director of St George’s Chapel Choir,
Tim Byram-Wigfield.

Do we ever socialise?
We usually celebrate our birthdays on rehearsal nights and have a choir meal out from time to time. We are very sociable and have a lot of fun whilst working hard.

How do I join?
Just come along on a Tuesday at 8pm or ring 0118 9736436

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