St Mary’s has a rich musical life: as well as music on Sunday services, there is also a programme of concerts.
St Mary’s choir, which has junior and adult members, sings for Sunday services and in occasional concerts. We also have a singing group for younger children, Joyful Noise. To find out more about the choirs at St Mary’s here.
St Mary’s Brass Group meets on Monday evenings 6.15 –7.15 pm during term time. The group plays at some services and other events including St. Mary’s Christmas Fair. Find out more about St Mary’s Brass here.
SMMA – St Mary’s Music Association
The SMMA provides practical, administrative and financial support to the Director of Music to help maintain a high standard and wide variety of musical events in the parish. All members of the Choir, and/or Brass Group are automatically members of the St Mary’s Music Association, but membership is open to anyone. There is no fee and no form to be completed. Please do not feel that the SMMA is only for members of the choir – it is open to all! Chair: Bron Ferland. Email: email@example.com if you are interested in joining. SMMA AGM Minutes 5 March 2017
St. Mary’s Music Association is offering up to £250 to support the musical training and education of a young musician in St. Mary’s parish in full time education. It can be used for music lessons, training courses or sheet music but not for the purchase of a musical instrument or accessories. Preference will be given to applicants who use their skills in music-making at St. Mary’s. Applications must be received by 31st August 2018 and the bursary will run from September 2018 to August 2019.
For further details, conditions and/or application form, please contact the SMMA Chairman, Bron Ferland, Tel: 07928339310, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications invited for the recently established Michael Swindlehurst Organ Scholarship. The scholarship is worth £1242 in total, of which £752 will be payable directly to the scholar in three termly instalments. The remainder will be retained as a tuition allowance.
Further details here or contact Oliver King, Director of Music and Organist (email: email@example.com) – Closing date 30 June 2018 – Auditions and interviews July 2018. Download an application form here – as a pdf or as a Word document.
This organ scholarship was established in memory of the Rev’d Canon Michael Swindlehurst, who died in 2017. Michael was a loyal and committed supporter of the music at St Mary’s, and it is hoped that the scheme will honour his memory and provide an opportunity for the comprehensive, holistic and professional training of a young church musician. Funding is drawn from a number of different sources: St Mary’s Music Association, Saffron Walden, St Mary’s Church PCC, Saffron Walden, St Mary’s Church PCC, Wendens Ambo, and (at this point) community funding in Michael’s memory. The scholarship will usually be held for one year only.