Choir

The choir at St Mark's is always looking for new members, so if you would be interested in joining please speak either to any of the current singers or to Christophe Karas, the choir director. The choir rehearses on a Friday from 6:45 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the church hall.

The Junior Choir meets regularly during Junior Church. The choir is for ages 7-12 (school years 3-7).

Our Church Band, led by Clare Coates, plays every 4th Sunday for the All Age Family Communion Service and at special occasions such as Crib Service. Members are drawn from the congregation and are all ages- from 10 to 70+! New members are always welcome. Please contact Clare at childrensworker@stmarksnewnham.org for further information or if you would like to join.

Forthcoming Events:

Tuesday 1 August 18.00 Vox Cantab (director Louisa Derby) are giving a free concert in the church. Details of programme to come. Donations accepted, but no tickets or booking. Just turn up and enjoy it.

Wed 30 August 11.30 Diocesan Organ Advisers' Meeting to inspect and play St Mark's organ

Recent Concerts:

Sat 17 June Cambridge Students Brass Band played on the vicarage lawn throughout the Summer Fete and were much applauded

Sat 1 July the Cantus Singers, conducted by Alan Howard, performed A Baroque Celebration to a large and appreciative audience at St Mark's. The programme included works by Handel and Purcell and the modern premiere of Samuel Howard's (1710-1782) 'This is the Day', first performed on 2 July 1769 at  Great St Mary's, Cambridge and not heard since the 18th century! 

Evensong on 5 March 2017 at St Mark's performed by the the St John's School Choir, Organist: Simon Kirk, conductor: Jan Fletcher. The service was organised by Claire Coates (St Mark's Children's Worker) and led by Hilary Murray.

Chamber choir Granta Chorale and readers from St Mark's presented At the Year's Turning with music and words for Epiphany and the New Year, Thursday 5th January 2017, 1930. See also February SEEK page 5

December 2016, The Story of Silent Night

Past twelve months from August 2016:

August 2016, Hall gladdening light! Vox Cantab

These short reviews are based on fuller reports that have appeared in SEEK

May 2016, Edvard meets Edward, Oslo Cathedral Boys' Choir

March 2016, Music for Queens Eternal Source of Light Divine Vox cantab



February 2016, Music for Valentine's Day, Granta Chorale


2015

December 2015, Bells on Frosted Air, Granta Chorale  (see also review under Drama)



December 2015, St Mark's Choir Carol Service


December 2015, Cantus Singers of Cambridge, The Christmas Story in Music 



November 2015, Wolfson College Carol Service

Held at St Mark's as usual on Advent Sunday. We are always pleased to host this event, notable for its fine choral singing, which St Mark's congregation is always invited to attend. 

October 2015, demonstration and Organ Recital by Paul Hale



September 2015, Richard III The Opera, see full report under Drama


(August 2016, We are pleased to report that Harry Coates who composed the music for Richard III has gained a plain at Caius to read Music)


July 2015, International Festival of Hymns



Notable Past Performances 

2014

Among many other occasions there were two unusual musical events:




May 2014, A Musical Marathon 



Graham Walker left St Mark's in September 2014 to take up a post as Director of music at Corpus Christi College and is currently Precentor at Magdalene College and Director of St John's Voices 


2013

As well as our regular events, we held an organ marathon and put on two outstanding and memorable concerts in aid of the Organ Appeal:

Graham Walker



October 2013, Rhythms of Life



Jeremy Begbie and Graham Walker performing 


Jeremy Begbie



Graham Walker conducting St Mark's Church Choir