Human beings are fundamentally musical creatures, and the church as a whole has long made use of music's power to calm, sooth, inspire, move, entertain and energise. We use it to enrich our worship of God and bring us to a deeper understanding of what it is to be a Christian.
As a true parish church, St Mary's offers a wide range of forms of worship. We use suitable styles of music for each, from hymns in the Anglican tradition led by the organ through to 21st century songs backed by guitar and keyboard. Where appropriate, we introduce varied styles within each act of worship.
MUSIC FOR FUTURE SERVICES AT ST MARY'S CAN BE FOUND HERE:
MUSIC FOR WORSHIP
The three churches in the Benefice offer opportunities for very different kinds of music-making in support of worship.
St Mary's is a large medieval space which has flattering acoustics and room for 500 people. Many services are accompanied by a good 3-manual organ. We use our recently improved sound system to amplify solo singers, guitars and other instruments. Some services are supported by a choir under the direction od Miss Margaret James, which is open to newcomers and rehearses once a week.
We select music sensitively to support each style of worship - from hymns led from the organ during High Mass, sung Eucharist or Evensong; to modern worship songs accompanied by keyboard, guitar, violin and flute. Music for services is generally chosen by a small group including the Dean, the organist and the choir director.
The organ at St Mary's is in a fine Father Smith case dating from 1687. Michael Colleer, a former organist at the church, has written a fascinating leaflet entitled "A HISTORY OF THE ORGAN AT ST MARY'S HADLEIGH" which is available in church.
If you want to contribute to music making during services, do please get in touch.
St Andrew's and All Saints' offer more intimate settings in the peace of their respective villages. Both have organs, and services tend to follow the Anglican tradition.