Music 

StMarys-Guildford-5918-crop Choir singing at Guildford Cathedral

St Mary’s has a rich musical life: as well as music on Sunday services, there is also a programme of concerts.

Choirs

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. Find out more about the choirs at St Mary’s here.

Brass Group

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: music@stmaryssaffronwalden.org if you are interested in joining. Download draft minutes of the last meeting held on 18th March 2018.

SMMA Bursary

St. Mary’s Music Association offers 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 is given to applicants who use their skills in music-making at St. Mary’s. Applications must be received by 31st August and the bursary runs from September to August. For further details, conditions and/or application form, please contact the SMMA Chairman, Bron Ferland, Tel: 07928 339 310, Email: music@stmaryssaffronwalden.org

Organ Scholarship

Our Michael Swindlehurst Organ Scholarship is recently established.  The scholarship is worth £1242 in total, of which £752 is payable directly to the scholar in three termly instalments. The remainder is retained as a tuition allowance.

For further details see here or contact Oliver King, Director of Music and Organist (email: domstmaryssw@gmail.com) – Closing date end of June with auditions and interviews in July.

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 the scheme honours his memory and provides 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 community funding in Michael’s memory. The scholarship will usually be held for one year only.

Bellringing

With a tower of 12 bells, St Mary’s has a society of bellringers, who ring for Sunday services and weddings. Find out more about St Mary’s Bells here