"The Music Group" comprises singers and instrumentalists, and meets about an hour before the 10.30 service to rehearse the music. New members are always welcome to join. At special occasions (eg Christmas, Easter, Village Festival) the choir is augmented by willing volunteers.
Music for Services at St. Mary's
The songs and hymns selected for services for the current month or two are listed in a file which can be downloaded here:
Music Events coming in 2019
Twyford Singers - Rutter & Fauré Requiems
|Event||Requiems by Rutter and Fauré|
|Date||Sunday 14 April|
|Venue||St. Mary's Church. Wargrave|
|Tickets||£12 (£10 in advance); Under 16 £6 (£5 in advance)|
Soloists, Twyford Singers and Chamber Orchestra directed by Helen Styles
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Concert
Wargrave Village Festival - Classical Evening
Monday 17 June
7.30pm - 10pm
St Mary’s Church, Mill Green
£100 Platinum sponsors (inc. Dinner, Wine and Bubbly), £50 Gold Sponsors (inc Canapes and Bubbly), £35 (£17.50), £25 (£12.50), (aged under 16 half price)
Back for a second time, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields will be right here in St Mary’s church again! One of the world’s greatest chamber orchestras, The Academy of St Martin in the Fields is renowned for fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music. The wide-ranging programme will contain many favourites, including Mozart’s ‘Jupiter’ Symphony No. 41 – regarded by many critics as the greatest symphony in the classical repertoire.
The £100 Platinum Sponsor Tickets will include the very best seats as well as Dinner and Wine served in The Bull Hotel, Wargrave at 6.00pm. The £50 Gold Sponsor Tickets will include excellent seats with Canapes and Bubbly in the Church Centre from 7.00pm.
All sponsors will also get a free glass of wine in the interval!
St Mary's Annual Concert
Saturday November 16th
Once again St. Mary's Church will be filled with a wide range of musicians and their music.
More details later....
During the last 12 months.....
St. Mary's Annual Concert
In honour of Alan Baird
Saturday November 17th 2018
All profits to the 21st Century Appeal.
For many years the "star of the show" has been Alan Baird - a multi-talented musician who played clarinet and saxophone and who always had a couple of songs for audience participation. We all miss him enormously and it seemed highly appropriate to dedicate this year's Concert in Alan's memory. Tess was our guest of honour.
WeÃ¢??had music from our Junior School, Apollo5 (with a special participant !), Paul Speed on the trumpet, Laura Anstee on the Cello and Ben Giddens as our accompanist. Also many of our younger people. There was a wide range of styles - something for everyone.
Peter Dart, Music Director
Sunday July 1st 2018
We were privileged to host a visiting choir from St Andrew Methodist Church, Plano, Texas at the 10.30am Holy Communion service. Members of the adult and youth choirs who were touring in England took part. The choir boasts a strong choral tradition, with nearly two hundred participants across all ensembles. On this trip to the UK, they were singing with around fifty people from among the Chancel Choir and the Salt and Light Youth Choir, and they were really looking forward to their first visit ever to Wargrave. A recording of the special items they sang is available here
- An introit: "O for a thousand tongues to sing" by Mark Miller
- An Anthem: "Lord make me an instrument of thy peace" by Jody Lindh
- During the Communion: "Ubi caritas" by Victor Johnson
- and "The Road Home" by Stephen Paulus
Christmas Carol Service
Sunday 16th December 2018
The Carol Service is an annual opportunity for the regular singers to be joined by others to create a choir of 40 or more to lead the music a week or so before Christmas. The 2018 Service was was conducted with great verve by Liz Croft, with instrumental support for some of the livelier modern carols and their arrangements.
Ladies Chamber Choir Concert - Cantata Conviva
Sunday 3rd February 2019
Directed by Liz Croft (who conducted our choir at the recent Carol Service). They sang a short programme with a wide variety of music, and all a cappella, ranging from excerpts from Mendelssohn's Elijah to pop by the Pentatonix
CONCERTS FROM OUTSIDE
St. Mary's can be used as a venue for concerts from local schools or other music groups in the area. Please be in touch if you wish to consider this option.