Music

Music plays a large role at St Mary Magdalene, with the Choir a central feature of the church. A receptive and intelligent congregation helps promote music at St Mary Magdalene, and makes the role of the Choir important to worship.

The Choir sing a broad variety of choral music spanning at least six centuries, both accompanied and unaccompanied. Renaissance music from Tallis, Byrd, Tye, Gibbons, Morley and Palestrina is regularly performed, along with music from the Baroque and Classical periods from eminent composers like Bach, Mozart and Handel. Romantic composers such as Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bruckner all feature. English music from the 19th and 20th Centuries is also highly prominent at St Mary Magdalene, with pieces from Wesley, Stanford, Howells, Elgar, Stainer, Leighton, Dyson and more forming part of the output of the Choir.

Examples of where the music fits during church services is as follows:

Morning Eucharist (9:30am, every Sunday)

  • Introit (occasionally)
  • 4 hymns
  • Mass setting
  • Responsorial psalm
  • Anthem
  • Organ voluntary

Choral Matins (11:30am, 3rd Sunday of the month)

  • 2 hymns
  • Preces and responses
  • Morning canticles (Te Deum & Jubilate, occasionally Benedictus and Benedicite)
  • Venite
  • Psalm
  • Anthem
  • Organ voluntary

Choral Evensong (6:30pm, every Sunday)

  • Introit (occasionally)
  • 3 hymns
  • Preces and responses
  • Evening canticles (Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis)
  • Psalm
  • Anthem
  • Organ voluntary

The music is curated by the Director of Music and the Team Rector (Revd Wilma Roest), but both choir and congregation regularly contribute excellent suggestions that are taken into consideration. These sometimes include in-house compositions, native hymn tunes and anthems, and occasionally the old favourites that everybody knows.

This month’s music list can be found here. Previous music lists can be found here.

Recitals will be coming to St Mary Magdalene in the near future, please check back in for more information if you’re interested in hearing more.

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