Director of Music: Mrs. Mila Collier
Music plays a very important part in the worship of St. Mary’s Church. We are affiliated to The Royal School of Church Music.
The main Sunday commitment is the Parish Eucharist at 9.30 am using Common Worship Order 1. In addition there are two Baptism services each month, usually attracting large congregations. Two hymn books are currently in use: ‘Hymns Old & New’ and ‘Ancient & Modern New Standard’. CCL and Calamus copyright Licences permit the occasional use of other material. The annual service of Lessons & Carols, music during Lent, Holy Week and Easter, Remembrance Sunday and Advent are examples of other opportunities for significant musical input.
It is 2 manual, built by Lewis & Co. of Brixton, London, erected in 1879. It is regularly maintained by Hele & Co. of Saltash. The pedal board and swell organ have electronic action and the Great Organ has tracker action.
There is a robed choir that is numerically strong – up to 20 members (SATB) The strongest element of the choir’s repertoire is traditional, largely 19th century church music. They are a committed group and sing both at the Parish Eucharist and Evensong each Sunday. They practice on Friday evenings.
There are on average 24-30 weddings a year and about 60 church funerals.
This is a large church, with great potential. The congregation includes some instrumentalists who play occasionally during services. The parish staff would like to encourage this, especially when the Parish Eucharist is an All- age occasion (second Sunday). The inclusion of younger people in the musical life of the church is another area for development and potential growth.
St Marys’ offers the opportunity for players of all instruments and abilities to take part in the all age service each month.