Concerts and Recitals

Concerts and Recitals for 2020

You can help us keep the organ playing by coming to our concerts, or sponsoring a voluntary. We are also looking for more volunteers to help Julia Mathews with the refreshments and Ian Burgess with the screens at the recitals.

The Bach series, by our Director of Music Jonathan Holmes, continues on Tuesdays 1.05pm – 1.35pm. Admission is free. Any donations to the organ fund may be put in our spare organ pipe!
You are welcome to stay afterwards for a chat and a cuppa in the Parish Room. (suspended currently during the Pandemic)
Below these dates, details of our Saturday concerts are given.
We look forward to welcoming you to St. Mary’s, and the wonderful sounds of our great ‘Father’ Willis organ.
22 September
Prelude and Fugue in C minor BWV 549
Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten BWV 642
Alle menschen mussen sterben BWV 643
Ach wie nichtig, ach wie fluchtig BWV 644
Prelude and Fugue in B Flat BWV 560
Woll soll ich fliehen hin BWV 694
Fugue in G BWV 581
Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
20 October
Prelude in A minor BWV 569
Wir Christenleut BWV 710
Wir Christenleut BWV 1090
Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott BWV 652
Nun danket alle Gott BWV 657
Prelude and Fugue in G minor BWV 535
17 November
Vor deinem Thron tret’ich BWV 668
Herr Jesu Christ, du hochstes Gut BWV 1114
O Herre Gott, dein gottlichs Wort BWV 1110
Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir BWV 1099
Dorian Toccata and Fugue BWV 538
8 December (TBC)
Fugue in G minor ‘Little’ BWV 578
O Lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 1085
O Lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 1095
O Lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 656
Prelude and Fugue in D BWV 532
19 January 2021
Trio Sonata 3 in D minor BWV 527
I. Andante II. Adagio e dolce III. Vivace
Schmuke dich, o liebe seele BWV 759
Schmuke dich, o liebe seele BWV 654
Non Komm, der Heiden Heiland BWV 599
Gott, durch deine Gute BWV 600
Herr Christ, der ein’ge Gottes Sohn BWV 601
Lob se idem allmachtigen Gott BWV 662
St Mary’s Saturday Concert Season 2020

We hope our Saturday recitals may return in September, but watch this space for confirmation.

5 September The Annual Patronal Festival Organ Recital. Jonathan plays Liszt and his pupils including Liszt’s Fantasia on BACH and Reubke’s Sonata on Psalm 94

10 October The Brahms Requiem performed by the Parish Choir and visiting singers ‘from scratch’, in the piano duet version with Simon Gregory and Sarah Holmes (piano duet) and soloists from the Parish Choir.

All our concerts are on Saturdays at 7.30pm. They include close-ups of the soloists on ‘the big screen’, refreshments and programme notes.

Tickets cost £8.00 (18 and under £1). The only exception is for Brahms Requiem visiting singers, when the cost is £10 including hire of score.

Tickets are available ‘on the door’.

Further information from

About our Recital Programme

Most of our recitals showcase our wonderful Father Willis pipe organ. You can read more about the organ, and we hope you will come to hear it at one of our recitals.

Sometimes, our recitals take the form of a “come and sing”, open to all. A scratch choir rehearsed and performed Handel’s Messiah in March 2012, shown above.

You can always buy tickets on the door at any of our recitals. So please come along, and we promise you a warm welcome!

You can listen to Jonathan’s organ recital recordings on his YouTube channel.