Recent Events

Ronny Krippner organ recital

On 10 November 2012 St Mary’s hosted the latest in our series of organ recitals. On this occasion the recitalist was Ronny Krippner, Organist and Teacher of Music at King’s College School, Wimbledon and Assistant Director of Music at the celebrated ‘Handel church’, St George’s, Hanover Square.

The programme was as follows:

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) – Sinfonia from Cantata No. 29 arr. Guilmant

Francois Couperin (1668-1733) – from Messe pour les Couvents

William Boyce (1711-79) – Voluntary in D

Herbert Howells (1892-1983) – Master Tallis’ Testament

Percy Whitlock (1903-1946) – Folk Tune from Five Short Pieces

Charles-Marie Widor (1844-1937) – Finale from Organ Symphony No. 6 in G Minor,  Op. 42 No. 2

R. Krippner (*1980) Improvised Organ Symphony in 4 movements: Allegro – Adagio – Scherzo – Allegro (based on sponsored themes)

A full report on this recital will appear in a future issue of the Ewell Parish News.

Shown above (from left to right): St Mary’s Director of Music Jonathan Holmes; St Mary’s Senior Organ Scholar Jonny Allsopp; recitalist Ronny Krippner; organ curator Arthur Mathews.

Fireworks Fun Day

On 1st November 2012, over forty children gather at St Mary’s for a season “Fireworks Fun Day”. Great fun was indeed had by all: music, craft, games, and more made up the day. Watch out on the website for information about future fun days!

Schools Concert 2012

On Saturday 13 October 2012, St Mary’s annual schools concert was held in church.

Ewell Grove Infants, Danetree Junior School, Ewell Castle Junior School, and Ewell Castle Senior School’s “The Castle Ravens” all sang pieces for us in the first half, followed by instrumental performances by a choral scholar and organ scholar from St Mary’s. After enjoying refreshments during the interval we reconvened to hear Emanuel School’s group “Vocalicity”, then all the choir got together for as a combined choir singing songs from the shows– raising the roof, to great applause and appreciation from all who attended. Many thanks to all those who worked so hard to make such a fantastic musical evening bringing so many schools in the community together.

A full report is expected in the Ewell Parish News soon.

Turning our Vision into Reality

On Sunday 16 September, St Mary’s people from all our congregations, and others, gather together to hear presentations about “2013: Turning our Vision into Reality.” If you couldn’t make the day and would like to find out more, you can download the information in the response packs below. We look forward to hearing your responses!

A photograph showing the day’s first presentation in progress:


The Vicar’s sermon for the morning will be posted here in due course.

Ewell Village Fair 2012

Ewell Village Fair took place on 14 July in the grounds of Glyn House (many thanks to Ewell Castle School for making their premises available), in the church, church hall, and church grounds. Despite the forecasts there was only a little rain, and a great day was had by all: very many thanks are due to all those who took part and made the day possible. It was wonderful to see so many residents of Ewell, and so many visitors.

The Fair was opened by Councillor Christine Long, Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, and the Grand Draw was made by the Rt Hon Chris Grayling, MP for Epsom and Ewell.

The above photo shows the Ewell St Mary’s Morris Men overseeing the “Gurning Through the Horse Collar” contest at the fair.

We hope to add more photos here soon, so watch this space!

Visit of the Bishop of Guyana

On 1 July 2012, the Bishop of Guyana, the Rt Revd Cornell Moss, visited St Mary’s. After celebrating the Eucharist and preaching a very engaging sermon, the Bishop answered our questions about his diocese and about our links parishes. (You can read more about our ongoing Guyana link).

We then took over the whole ground floor of the Il Laghetto restaurant at the end of Church Street for lunch with the Bishop. Around fifty parishioners filled the restaurant and enjoyed a very good lunch with our episcopal guest.

Pets’ Service

On 17 June, St Mary’s held its annual pets’ service: “All Creatures Great and Small.” Pets as well as people were invited to this service, and the congregation included cats, dogs, and even a guinea pig.

The Vicar, the Revd Russell Dewhurst, led the service and gave a talk, illustrated with stories from his childhood experience with pets. The music was led by members of our parish choir and also the Junior Singing Group, singing “Who put the colours in the rainbow?” among other things. At the end of the service, pets were invited to the front of the church to receive a personal blessing from the Vicar.

As you can see, there was also a guest organist at the console today!

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!

View the full programme

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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