Recent Events

Songs of Praise

On 10 June 2012 we held a special service, “Songs of Praise”, to celebrate and give thanks for hymns. Nine members of the congregation chose a favourite hymn. Before each hymn was sung, they explained why that hymn was a particular favourite. It was very interesting to hear all the different reasons why hymns were chosen– historical, musical, spiritual– and very uplifting to sing them all.

The singing was led by St Mary’s Singers, a voluntary choir formed earlier this year, who have sung regularly at our baptism services.

The hymns chosen were:

  • Guide me O thou great redeemer
  • Come, thou fount of every blessing
  • Angel voices ever singing
  • Alleluia, sing to Jesus
  • Soul of my saviour
  • The day thou gavest
  • We sing a love that sets all people free
  • Jerusalem
  • Lord of the Dance

The Return of Eight Hands on 3 Pianos

Saturday 9 June saw the latest in our recital series: “The return of Eight hands on 1, 2, or 3 pianos.” The church’s three pianos usually live in different rooms: in the choir vestry, the parish room, and in the main church. Following the success of last year’s similar recital, our three pianos were brought together again in church, and we were treated to piano duets, trios, and quartets. The recitalists were our Director of Music Jonathan Holmes and his colleagues from the Music Department of Emanuel School, Clapham: Sarah Holmes, Richard Harker, and Simon Gregory.

In the first half we enjoyed some popular and familiar composers of keyboard music: Mozart, Bach, Debussy, and Rachmaninov. After the traditional interval for drinks and canapes courtesy of Arthur Mathews and his team, we were treated to some slightly more unusual music, including pieces from Ponchielli, Milhaud, and Ketelby. Two of the most memorable pieces for the present writer were hearing all eight hands playing Grainger’s “Country Gardens”, and a breath-taking rendition of Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre.

As we were still in Jubilee Week, the concert ended with a rousing rendition of “Pomp and Circumstance” and “Stars and Stripes”. Members of the audience leaving afterwards proclaimed this recital “very uplifting”, “a fantastic evening”, and “the best concert yet.” Future recitalists have a lot to live up to!

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Diamond Jubilee Garden Party

On Saturday 2nd June, a Garden Party was held in the Vicarage Garden to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Traditional cream tea was served by members of the Social Committee, and the singing of the National Anthem and other songs was led by St Mary’s Singers. Rain had been threatening all morning, but during the two hours of the party we were blessed with wonderful sunshine.

The Garden Party

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