The musical life at St Mark’s is respected for being inclusive, of a high standard and varied. We are proud of the way our worship is enhanced with music, but we also aim to make the musical scene open to all, regardless of age or expertise. Music is an essential aspect of dynamic, imaginative worship, and it is also a way of fostering community, developing skills and interests, and generally having some fun. The aim at St Mark’s is to create a musical scene that is of high quality, but also enjoyable, unintimidating, and life-giving.
Follow the links to see the opportunities St Mark’s has to offer, both to the listener and the budding performer. Whatever your interest in music, we would like to hear from you.
St Mark’s Choir
We are very lucky to have a sizable choir, with members of all ages, which helps to lead the worship at each 10.00am Parish Communion and at other services. The choir has a refreshingly varied repertoire: from Tallis to Rutter, Taize chant to African spiritual. At least twice a year, we sing a more ambitious choral work.
We also unleash our musical enthusiasm on the local community: from carol singing at Christmas, to leading hymn-singing at local residential homes.
The choir is always very happy to welcome new members. We rehearse every Thursday 6:30-8:00pm here at St Mark’s (except during August), and again at 9.00am before the Sunday Parish Communion. If you enjoy singing, please be encouraged to come along. You need not be a good sight-reader; the Thursday practice is intended particularly for those who can’t sight-read as quickly. You’ll find us to be a friendly, enthusiastic group of people who just enjoy singing.
For some Sundays during the year, the Parish Communion takes the form of ‘All-Age’ worship. This service incorporates an imaginative liturgy centred on a theme, and some lively music. The choir is accompanied by a band, consisting of around 25 musicians of all ages and standards.
The band rehearses on the preceding Thursday at St Mark’s, 6-6.30pm and on the day at 9.00am. Once again, all are welcome to play, regardless of the level of expertise.
Night Service (Sunday, 8.00pm) provides an excellent opportunity for anyone who might like to use their musical skills in a worship setting. This quiet, reflective service is accompanied by a range of instruments: from guitar and violin, to flute and piano, to recorder and bongos, to string trio.