St Mark's Choir

The choir at St Mark’s Church has a distinguished history, and a rich heritage of music making. Since the early days of the church’s foundation a choir has supported the liturgical tradition at St Mark’s. In recent times organists have included Timothy Lees and Stephen Bullamore. More recently, Dan Chambers, Sam Bayliss (organ scholar at Somerville College), Peter Eyles, Philip Burnett, and David Dewar have directed the music at St Mark’s.

The choir has also enjoyed associations with many distinguished English musicians, including Benjamin Britten who composed the ‘Festival Te Deum’ to mark the church’s centenary in 1945. A recent highlight has been the Christmas anthem ‘Welcome, all wonders’ written for the choir by Philip Stopford.

St Mark’s possesses a well-stocked choir library of a wide repertoire. The Parish uses the New English Hymnal and a variety of congregational mass settings (Thorne 'St Thomas', Dom Gregory Murray, and NEH). Choral masses which have been used range from Byrd to Mozart, to Vierne and Langlais. The choir sings the Sunday psalmody to Anglican chant, and switches to plainchant for the penitential seasons (Advent and Lent). It also chants the Propers for each Sunday and Festival. There is also an impressive repertoire of liturgical anthems and motets, from sixteenth century polyphonic motets to compositions by contemporary composers.

St Mark's is currently seeking to appoint a Director of Music and Organist. Interested candidates should contact the Parish Office

S. Mark's Choir
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