Music at St Mary’s
St Mary’s Church, in the heart of Swansea’s City Centre, demonstrates a strong commitment to music and the arts; it hosts regular arts festivals, concerts and exhibitions, and is keen to promote its own professionally directed Choral Programme.
The Choirs at St Mary’s sing three cathedral-style choral services a week during term time as part of the worship, mission and witness of St Mary’s Church, and offer significant musical and educational opportunities to the people of the City and County of Swansea.
Our choral scholarship scheme is in partnership with Swansea University and is supported by the Friends of Cathedral Music https://fcm.org.uk/ and the Swansea St Mary Choral Trust.
St Mary’s Church is affiliated to the Royal School of Church Music. https://www.rscm.org.uk/
Did you know that opportunities exist at St Mary’s to be part of the following?
St Mary’s Boys’ Choir (ages 7-13)
Meets term time Tuesdays 4.30pm-6.00pm and Fridays 4.30pm-5.30pm, and Sunday mornings and Festivals.
St Mary’s Girl Choristers (age 7 upwards)
Junior girls practice Fridays from 4.30pm. Gradually the girls are introduced to a fuller schedule to sing on Sunday mornings, and once proficient feed into the SATB Choir.
St Mary’s Choir (SATB) an ambitious mixed-voice choir (teenaged girls, boys, and adults) singing a broad cathedral-style repertoire for two choral services every Sunday (11.00am Choral Eucharist and 4.00pm Choral Evensong), regular high profile city, regional and diocesan events, weddings, radio broadcasts, concerts and cathedral visits. Weekly rehearsals, Fridays 7.30-9.00pm. Teenagers are particularly welcomed, as are adults with good sight-reading skills.
are offered in partnership with Swansea University, each to the value of £1000
Younger singers receive:
Members of St Mary’s Choir have also been members of the National Youth Choir of Wales or the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and some have gone on to become cathedral choristers, choral scholars, or Lay clerks.
University Choral Scholarships
Come along to St Mary’s on a Friday evening for
Choir Practice at 7.30pm to meet us, join in and find out more,
or for further information, contact
Dr William Reynolds, Director of Music
St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Square, Swansea City Centre, SA1 3LP
Presentation of a £15,000 cheque to St Mary’s from the Friends of Cathedral Music in November 2017 as an endowment grant towards an additional choral scholarship, with Peter Allwood, Chairman of FCM, and the Most Revd John Davies, Archbishop of Wales.
Organist & Director of Music
Dr William Reynolds is Organist & Director of Music at St Mary's, Swansea, around which he maintains a busy portfolio as a freelance musician pursuing a wide range of activity including organ and harpsichord performance, choral conducting, editorial musicology, arts consultancy. He is Regional Co-ordinator for Wales for the Royal School of Church Music and a Visiting Music Tutor at Swansea University. He is also Musical Director of the Gower Chorale.
William studied music at University of Wales, Bangor, where he gained the degrees of BMus, MA and PhD (his doctoral research surveyed Music and Liturgy in Wales and the Borderlands, c.1485-c.1642). He has had research articles published in the Journal of the Royal College of Organists, the Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies, and Welsh Music History, with Cathedral Press publishing some of his performing editions of seventeenth-century anthems. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and holds performance diplomas from Trinity College of Music, London, and the Royal Schools of Music. Before moving to Swansea he worked as a tutor in the School of Continuing Education at University of Wales, Bangor, as a lecturer at Coleg Menai, was Organist at Christ College, Brecon, Sub-Organist at Cardiff Metropolitan Cathedral, and Organ Scholar at Bangor Cathedral. His organ teachers have included Andrew Goodwin, Martin Souter, Huw Tregelles Williams, and Jane Watts.
He has appeared on radio and television as a choral conductor and organist, has recorded as an organ accompanist on the SAIN label, and has performed in France (including Notre Dame, Paris), Belgium and Malta, and has twice given solo organ recital tours to Italy (2009 and 2016). In 2012 William participated in an international organ masterclass week at the Prins Claus Conservatoire in Groningen, Holland, with the privilege of playing numerous organs dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Our Team of Assistant Organists:
Mr Andrew Goodwin, MA, FRCO, AWACM
Mr Huw Tregelles Williams, OBE, DL, BMus, MA, Hon DLitt, FRCO
Dr Alan Sykes, BSc, DPhil, DipABRSM
The Organ at St Mary’s
Wm. Hill & Son and Norman & Beard Ltd installed the present 3-manual organ in St Mary’s in 1958 in readiness for the reconsecration of St Mary’s in 1959. This instrument had originally been built in 1912 for Woolwich Town Hall as a memorial to Edward VII. There have been several subsequent modifications, most recently the addition of a 32’ Contra-Trombone rank in 2010. The organ is in regular use for the accompaniment of services, for teaching, for music examinations, and for concerts. In 2012 we hosted a study day for The Royal College of Organists. Eminent recitalists who have performed at St Mary’s include Fernando Germani, André Marchal, Dr Francis Jackson, Sir George Thalben Ball, Dame Gillian Weir and Carlo Curley, and our Summer Organ Series has become an established part of the St Mary’s diary for Tuesday lunchtimes from July to September.
A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Registry website: