The robed choir, consisting of about 18-20 adults and a number of children (choristers) is an open door to those who enjoy a love of singing God’s praises in fellowship with others, and are ready to serve the worship needs of the church.
The members represent a wide range of people in terms of background, age and musical ability, each in their own way quietly dedicated to their role.
Rehearsals for both the adult choir and the choristers are held on Friday evenings throughout most of the year, and on Sunday mornings before the 10.00 am service. The repertoire is adventurous, and some of it specially arranged.
Members can expect to sing anthems by composers of different periods and nationalities, to perform tailored arrangements of hymns and choruses, and be called upon for weddings and other special services including civic occasions.
Choral Evensong is usually sung on the first Sunday of each month and occasioinally there are visits to other churches. There are at least two social occasions in the course of a year. A choir committee takes an active role in planning the music of the church.
Friday nights at 7.00pm sees St Mary’s full of the beautiful sound of young people singing. Children aged 6 to 16 from many of the schools in Taunton, make up the young choir who sing at least one service a month.
Some choristers come for the company, some to find out more about the church, some for the little bit of pocket money they earn(!) but all because they enjoy singing. They also sing with the adult choir at weddings and other big services.
Running throughout the school terms, Friday nights are fun and offer something special that perhaps it is hard to find elsewhere.
Here is a short video clip to introduce our Choristers and Young People’s Friday Evening Groups, recorded by Scarlett (Head Chorister 2020-2021).
If you might be interested in singing in our choirs (adult or junior) or playing an instrument in worship, please do contact the Church Office on 01823 272441, speak to Director of Music, Miles Quick, after a service or email at [email protected] for further details.