Img 2657-800Choir rehearsing for our Advent carol service. Click here for more photos.

St Mary’s has a rich musical life: as well as music on Sunday services, there is also a programme of concerts.


St Mary’s choir, which has junior and adult members, sings for Sunday services and in occasional concerts. We also have a singing group for younger children, Joyful Noise. Find out more about the choirs at St Mary’s here.

Brass Group

St Mary’s Brass Group meets on Monday evenings 6.15 –7.15 pm during term time. The group plays at some services and other events including St. Mary’s Christmas Fair.  Find out more about St Mary’s Brass here.

SMMA – St Mary’s Music Association

The SMMA provides practical, administrative and financial support to the Director of Music to help maintain a high standard and wide variety of musical events in the parish. All members of the Choir, and/or Brass Group are automatically members of the St Mary’s Music Association, but membership is open to anyone. There is no fee and no form to be completed. Please do not feel that the SMMA is only for members of the choir – it is open to all!  Chair: Bron Ferland. Email: if you are interested in joining. 

Last AGM Friday 30th April 2021 at 7.30pm on Zoom - see paperwork here.

SMMA Bursary

St. Mary’s Music Association offers up to £250 to support the musical training and education of a young musician in St. Mary’s parish in full time education. It can be used for music lessons, training courses or sheet music but not for the purchase of a musical instrument or accessories. Preference is given to applicants who use their skills in music-making at St. Mary’s. Applications must be received by 31st August 2019 and the bursary runs from September to August. For further details, conditions and/or application form, please contact the SMMA Chairman, Bron Ferland - Email:

Organ Scholarship

We have now appointed 2 Organ Scholars for this academic year 2021-2022.  The scholarship is worth £752 plus lessons. Further details can be obtained from Oli King, email

This organ scholarship was established in memory of the Rev’d Canon Michael Swindlehurst, who died in 2017. Michael was a loyal and committed supporter of the music at St Mary’s, and the scheme honours his memory and provides an opportunity for the comprehensive, holistic and professional training of a young church musician. Funding is drawn from a number of different sources: St Mary’s Music Association, Saffron Walden, St Mary’s Church PCC, Saffron Walden, St Mary’s Church PCC, Wendens Ambo, and community funding in Michael’s memory. The scholarship is usually be held for one year only.


With a tower of 12 bells, St Mary’s has a Society of Bellringers, who ring for Sunday services and weddings. Find out more about St Mary’s Bells here