Stone Church, St Mary the Virgin
13th Century parish church of Stone-next-Dartford, Kent
A place of welcome, prayer, healing and peace.
The Church choir
Music is very important in the life of the church and St. Mary’s. We are keeping a wonderful tradition alive and enjoying it. It is both a privilege and satisfying to know we are singing in a church where music has played a part since the 13th Century. We sing music from medieval plainsong through to 21st century first performances and have a large repertoire for a parish church including Allegri, Byrd, Tallis, Bach, Handel, Mozart, Attwood, Howells, Mathias and too many more to mention – new music is added all the time.
Covid 19 and Lockdown has affected the church as it has affected all our lives, but we have continued to livestream services via Facebook. When no singing was allowed we had organ music only to add some life and ambience to the services. When a small group of singers were allowed we commenced singing with a subset of the full choir. This small number have provided excellent choral singing to accompany the service, regularly singing anthems and hymns with no practice and enabling other choir members to isolate due to work etc. So thanks to all.
Here is a recording from 16th May of the small group singing Come down O love divine by Harris. I hope you enjoy it.
If you love singing, you too could be a part of this: We are currently recruiting and require Sopranos, Altos, Tenors and Basses – something for everyone. Please contact the choirmaster for more information or pop along on a Friday night between 7 and 8:30pm, or on any Sunday.