Church Music / Choir
There is a strong musical tradition in our parish church of which we are proud.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Our Director of Music is Stephen Tatlow, an accomplished organist who also directs the choir and is keen to encourage other musicians within the church.
Stephen Tatlow started playing the pipe organ when he was eleven after deciding that the violin was too uncomfortable. He completed his studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London in September 2015, receiving a BMus (Hons) Music. He chose to write his final dissertation on the music of animated film, but also studied performance, orchestration and the music of Russia and the Soviet Union. When he isn't working at St Mary's, Stephen can often be found running community choirs, playing for musical theatre and other work as a professional musician in London. Stephen is also offering piano and organ lessons.
The Church Choir
The church choir sings regularly each week at the 10.30am and some choristers also join us regularly at the 6.30pm services. Practices take place every Friday night from 7.30pm to 8.45pm, also in church. New volunteers are always welcome to join.
The Choir Reserve
On special occasions the choir is often augmented by additional singers, who do not feel able to commit full-time to the choir, but nonetheless want to help out, particularly with the provision of a full choir for festivals, weddings, and other special occasions.
We have a pipe organ built by Forster and Andrews of Hull with two keyboards and twenty speaking stops, built around 1850 (though not for us - it was moved to our church in the early 1990s). It was restored in 1999.
The photograph shows the choir at our 2010 Service of Nine Lessons & Carols - formed entirely of members of our own church family from either the Choir or the Choir Reserve, a total of 22 'home grown' musicians. It was a wonderful occasion with great music, enjoyed by a packed church.