St Mary's Choir
St Mary's Choir sings for the main 10.45 service on Sunday mornings, plus various festivals, weddings and funerals. It usually rehearses an hour before the service at 9.45, plus occasional extra rehearsals for special events. New members are welcome at any time. An ability to read music is a distinct advantage, as is a willingness to be reasonably consistent in singing for services, but we recognise that people have busy lives and it's understood that singers will not necessarily be able to come every week.
Francis Rumsey is the organist and choirmaster. He studied organ performance with Ann Elise Smoot in London, and more recently improvisation with Andrew Knowles in Oxford. Until June 2010 he was Director of Music at St Mary’s, Stoke D’Abernon in Surrey, and has played for various cathedral engagements of the Guildford Chamber Choir. In the past few years he has given international recitals at the School of Music, Piteå, Sweden, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan, St Matthias Church, Berlin and the Cathedral of the Polish Army, Warsaw. He regularly sings bass with the Oxford Pro Musica Singers, and accompanies concerts/services for the Lower Windrush Choral Society and Sine Nomine Singers.
Contact Francis for further information about the choir and liturgical music at St Mary's.