St. Mary’s embraces the best of traditional and new Christian music. Alongside our superb choir, we have a thriving music group which has introduced a wealth of contemporary hymns and worship songs. As well as playing at one morning service per month, the group leads informal evening worship and other special services on several occasions throughout the year.
The group is led by Graham Leech, who plays keyboard and in 2011 compiled the Shortlands Praise collection of hymns and songs especially for use at St. Mary’s. Susie Shelton (flute) and Les Harwood (violin) started the group with Graham nearly 10 years ago. Since then the part played by the group in the life of the church has steadily grown, as has the group itself. They are now joined by Tim Aldred on guitar and Kevin Sloane on electric bass, as well as singers Zoe and Patrice Cooper, Marion Westropp, Jay Sharma and Adrian Bingham.