The Importance of Music

Music plays a key role in our worship. From Choral Evensongs which are celebrated 6 times a year, to leading the singing  in our monthly All-Age services (1st Sunday of the month) our Choir’s talents cover all musical styles.

Our Choir
Our Choir

The choir, led by Michael Barlow, Director of Music and a professional musician, sings at all Sunday morning services and at Special services throughout the year. It has an especially high profile at the Advent and Christmas Carol Services and at the Good Friday service.

Each summer the extended Choir (the John Fryth Singers) visits a place of interest and sings Choral Evensong in an historic church.

Both choirs welcome new members: there are no auditions and no need to be able to read music! If you enjoy singing then come along and join us. Contact the Parish Office (see link at the bottom of this page)

Choral Evensong services for 2018

Sunday 4th February
Sunday 4th March
Sunday 6th May
Sunday 1st July
Sunday 7th October
Sunday 4th November

All Choral Evensong services start at 6.30pm

Our Bellringers
Our Bellringers

St Mary’s church is fortunate to have a ring of 8 bells, the tenor being 23cwt, all of which were rehung on new bearings in 1949.

We think there has been ringing here since about 1670 as there is mention in the Parochial History of Westerham of the new hanging of bells costing £5 6s and new ropes costing £1. Originally there were 5 bells, later augmented to 6. The present front 7 were cast in 1837 by Thomas Mears from the previous front 5 bells, while the tenor was recast in 1892 by John Taylor. It seems likely that years ago there was a ringing gallery in the tower as the ropes purchased in 1710 were only 29 ½ feet long, but nowadays we ring from the ground floor and need ropes 70 feet long.

The church has a loyal band of ringers that practice every Tuesday evening 7:45 to 9:15, followed by tea and cakes in the vestry. We are always pleased to welcome visitors, especially ringers, and are grateful for the support from neighbouring towers. Anyone interested in learning more about this ancient art should contact Elaine Merrylees (01959 563296)

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