Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Kidlington

St Mary's Kidlington

Music at St Mary's

Worship at St Mary's Kidlington is enhanced by a wide range of music. The church has a long-established adult choir, St Mary's Choir , a newly established children's choir, St Mary's Choristers , and a remarkable organ capable of giving proper voice to a wide range of repertoire.

St Mary's also plays host to a variety of concerts throughout the year, from chamber music by to large-scale orchestral and choral works. The church host local schools for their Christmas Carol Services. Our Coffee Concerts are a new series of occasional short recitals given at around 11.30am on Sunday mornings by a mix of professional and amateur music makers. This year's concerts are listed below.

Contact the Director of Music, Dr David Hewett to find out more. Follow the Contact link in the menu.

Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter

The 2020 season is interrupted. Here is 2019 to look at ...

Spring 2019

Sun 27th January, 11.30am

Coffee Concert

Julia Middleton (clarinet) & Hanna Winstone-Partridge (clarinet)

Sun 10th February, 5.00pm

Choral Evensong, St Mary's Kidlington

St Mary's Choir and Choristers sing evensong.
Responses: Ferial
Canticles: Morley with Fauxbourdons
Psalm: 111 (Barnby).
Anthem: O Lorde, the maker of all thing (Joubert).
Organ: Elegy (Thalben-Ball)

Sun 24th February, 11.30pm

Coffee Concert

Peter Oxley (piano)

Sun 24th March, 11.30pm

Coffee Concert

Mandolirium: a mandolin duo with John Somerscales and Rod Craig

Sun 7th April, 5.00pm

A service for Passiontide, St Mary's Kidlington

St Mary's Choir and Choristers

Summer 2019

Sun 26th May, 11.30am

Coffee Concert

Laura Biron-Scott and friends. Clarinet, piano, ...

Sun 16th June 2019, 5.00pm

Choral Evensong, Dorchester Abbey

St Mary's Choir and Choristers join the choir of Dorchester Abbey. Canticles: Evening Service in D, Wood. Psalm: 8. Anthem: Evening Hymn, Gardiner. Voluntary: Elegy, Thalban Ball.


Sun 23rd June, 11.30am

Coffee Concert

Mairi Gibbs - violin, John Morris - cello, Mike Bardsley - harpsichord.

Sun 21st July, 10.00am

Choral Matins

Sung by St Mary's Choristers and Choir. Music by Stanford, Britten, and Ireland.

Autumn 2019

Sun 22nd September, 11.30am

Coffee Concert

Philippa Knight (organ)
Fantasia on 'Helmsley'Leighton
Largo from the 2nd Trio Sonata (BWV 526)Bach
Allabreve (BWV 589)Bach

Choral Evensong

Sun 29th September 2019, 5.00pm

St Mary's Choir and Choristers

Canticles: Evening Service in Bflat Stanford
Psalm:148 Hewett
Anthem: I saw the Lord Stainer
Voluntary: Fugue from the Clavier-Ubung (BWV 552b) Bach

Coffee Concert

Sun 13th October 2019, 11.30am

Music for violin, piano, and voice
with the choristers and friends

Choral Evensong

Saturday 9th November, 5.00pm

St Mary's Choir and Choristers
in Exeter College Chapel

Introit:Hail, gladdening Light Stainer
Psalm: 145 Norris
Canticles: Evening Service in D Wood
Anthem: O Lorde, the maker of al thing Joubert
Voluntary:Chorale Prelude on a theme by Tallis Darke

Coffee Concert

Sun 24th November 2019, 11.30am

Music for flute & clarinet

Meghann Hewett and Julia Middleton perform.

Winter 2019

Sun 1st December 2019, 5.00pm

Advent Carol Service

Advent readings and hymns, interspersed with music sung by St Mary's Choir & Choristers, including Ecce Concipies (Handl), There is no rose (Joubert), And I saw a new heaven (Bainton), and We wait for thy loving kindness (McKie).

Thu/Fri 19/20th December 2019, 7.30pm

KAOS Christmas Concerts

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Sun 22nd December 2019, 5.00pm

Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

Tue 24th December 2019, 11.00pm

Service of Midnight Mass

Please note that the service starts at 11pm, and the congregation should be seated by 10.45pm.