The usual pattern of services is:
10.30am Choral Parish Eucharist
St Mark's Hamilton Terrace
St Mark's Church
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St Mark’s has a strong musical heritage, with connections to the Victorian opera and oratorio star Charles Santley and also Arthur Sullivan. The hymn tune Day of Rest sung to the words O Jesus I have Promised was composed by J.W. Elliott, a former organist of St Mark’s. The renowned choral musician John Williams, who became the first Master of Music at the Tower of London, was organist here in the 1950s; and Margaret Cobb, the first woman to play the organ at a Promenade Concert in the Royal Albert Hall, was also organist here.
Music is very much a part of the fabric of St Mark’s today and since 2010 there have been significant developments as a result of the governance of Revd Aidan Platten, (Vicar until 2017) and the PCC. Church life is supported by a varied music programme under the leadership of Tansy Castledine (Director of Music - 2012), and assisted by Ben Hulme (Assistant Organist - 2017) and James Rhodes (Director of Junior Choir - 2016).
The adult voluntary choir leads a full weekly choral service, has featured several times on episodes of BBC Songs of Praise, and in 2014 recorded its first CD, Soon to be born. The choir has also taken part in a wide range of concert work including Mozart Requiem with the Brandenburg Sinfonia and Monteverdi Vespers with The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, in addition to leading worship at Bristol, Manchester and Norwich Cathedrals as the visiting choir.
Our Junior Choir welcomes members from the age of 7, rehearsing weekly during term time after the Eucharist and joining with the adult choir for services twice a month and at major church festivals. In addition they also give an annual recital and participate in the ABRSM and RSCM award schemes.
St Mark’s music programme also offers up to 3 Choral Scholarships and an Organ Scholarship annually, to support singers developing their skills in the early stages of their professional musical careers.
The Walker Organ
With the help and support of Bishop and Son organ builders, the magnificent 3-manual Walker organ within the church has come back to life and plans are in place to significantly re-develop the organ over the coming years, so that it can continue to be used reliably within worship, for concerts, and as a pedagogical tool and resource within the Diocese.
Concerts and Events
The church also hosts visiting artists such as the renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti, and is a regular concert venue for the London Russian Music School as well as other local ensembles and choirs.
For further information on any aspect of Music at St Mark’s, or to donate towards its on-going development, please contact Tansy Castledine, firstname.lastname@example.org