The Church has a tradition of providing, not only sung services, but also many special events often requiring a larger choir. The Choir who sing the 11 o’clock services each Sunday are experienced and dedicated singers.
The 11a.m. Sunday Eucharist Service is always a sung version of the Holy Eucharist, and an anthem is sung at the Communion. The choir’s repertoire is very large and varied with anthems from all eras of music; Renaissance and before, Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern.
For special occasions, such as the Annual Christmas Carol Service, the Choir is joined by other singers, members from other local Choirs, enlarging our Choir to twenty or more singers. This Choir is known as “St.Mary’s Chorale”.
The Chorale has also for many years performed at a special afternoon of MUSIC AT LAYER MARNEY TOWER, the superb Elizabethan Mansion close to Tiptree. in Essex. Please click here for full details of the 2019 performance which will take place on 7th July.
The choir are also invited to sing services at other locations, both in our area and further afield.
The Choir is always pleased to welcome new singers. An ability to read music is of course an advantage, but not essential. A willingness to learn is of foremost necessity. If you are interested in singing with us, please contact us on 01702 298314
There are three organs in the Church. The first is a Pipe Organ with one manual and pedals at the back of the Church, which is used for services not requiring a Choir.
The second organ is an ALLEN electronic organ, with outstandingly authentic sampled sound, which is used for most services, to lead the singing and to accompany the choir.
There is also a small Chamber Organ, which is occasionally used with the choir, for more intimate genres of music, and can be taken to other venues, for instance when we sing at Layer Marney Tower.
For the third consecutive year St Mary’s will host Organ Recitals from 12.30 to 1.15pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month from May to September 2019. Please see ‘News’ for more details or click here.
Organist and Choirmaster
Our organist and choirmaster is Michael Crabb, known as the founder and director of the Southend Boys’ Choir, and formerly the Conductor of Southend Festival Chorus and Orchestra. Michael was awarded the M.B.E. in 1999.
He now concentrates on the music at St Mary’s, and assists with many other aspects of the Church’s life.