You dont have to be a regular churchgoer to appreciate the acoustics in St Marys its a stunning venue for concerts. Increasingly the church is playing host to all types of concert, from large-scale choral occasions to violinists with an international reputation and virtuoso piano recitals.
The church has capacity to host a large choir with chamber orchestra, though smaller concerts with trios or quartets work equally well at the east end of the nave. The quality of the acoustics makes St Marys suitable for all kinds of recital. Another attraction is the piano a wonderful Bl¨thner concert grand which is available for use as well as the church organ.
Those booking a concert can plan for a capacity audience of 300- 340 in church. Its also possible to book St Marys House, where there is access to toilets and where interval refreshments can be served. It also offers excellent and versatile room/hall options.
To hire St Marys Church for a concert costs 150, with a special reduced rate of 100 for charities please contact Concert Co-ordinator, Catherine Eaden. St Marys House should be booked separately through Myrtle Howe (both are contactable via the Parish Office.
Coming up Erdem Misirlioğlu, the talented young pianist, will be playing a varied classical programme at St Marys on 29 April. Tickets are 8 in advance or 10 on the door. Proceeds to Rochford House and Cast. The concert is free to anyone under 18.
How should St Marys be supporting its congregation? A first step to answering this question has been to ask churchgoers to fill in a questionnaire saying what they want. The PCC has also set up a Strategic Planning Group to consider what the church should be doing in a range of areas, including communication hence the birth of Outlook! spiritual development and provision for the elderly and for young people. Watch this space.
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