Alan Childs – Director of Music
Tel: 01582 883420

Music has always played a central part of the life at St Mary’s. At the weekly sung services the wonderful sounds of our choir, accompanied by the magnificent Walker organ, fill the largest parish church in Hertfordshire, inspiring and enhancing the worship.

The present choir consists of boy and girl choristers aged between seven and eighteen. A dedicated team of sopranos, altos, tenors and basses, referred to as ‘the back rows’, supports the choristers. Together they sing music spanning some five hundred years, including, on occasions, music that has been especially composed or arranged for them.

St Mary’s contains the largest, and arguably the finest organ in the locality. The three manual instrument was built in 1871 by the firm of J W Walker & Sons and rebuilt in 2009 by The Village Organ Workshop.

A recent, generous bequest from the late Dorothy Wells has enabled St Mary’s to set up a programme for the training of young organists. The Dorothy Wells Organ Foundation is currently supporting two young organists as they further their skills in both solo organ playing and the art of service accompaniment.

We are always keen to welcome new members of all voice parts to our thriving choir and interested to hear from any young aspiring organists who feel they might benefit from our organ scholarship scheme.

St Mary’s Training Choir


St Mary’s Youth Community Choir is open to boys and girls aged 4-7 years. The music making will be focussed predominantly on singing games and songs for performance. This choir performs at services at least twice a term.

Rehearsals are on Tuesdays from 4.30-5.15pm in St Mary’s Church.

The Choir rehearsals cost £54.00 per term (12 sessions at £4.50) for the first child, with a reduction for siblings. Please speak to a member of the clergy or music staff in confidence if you require assistance with the fees.

For further information please contact:
Gina Abbat 07961 180128‬ or St Mary’s Church Choir is open to boys and girls aged 7 years and upwards. This Choir provides a wonderful free music education and even has the advantage of providing a little extra pocket money for choristers!

Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings in St Mary’s: 5.15 – 6.00pm (Junior Choristers) and 6.00 – 7.00pm (Senior Choristers). All choristers also rehearse on Friday evenings from 6.45 – 8.15pm The choir’s main duty is to sing at services each Sunday at 9.35am and 6.30pm.

Opportunities also exist for adults to sing at St Mary’s.

For further information please contact:
Alan Childs (Director of Music) 01582 883420 or


Germund Annerbo (Erasmus Exchange Student)

Training choir:
The music had rhythmic complex time intervals and rhythmic patterns and the children were singing at a very advance level. They were taking part in a constructive way, and felt like they were playing at the same time.

Main choir:
The teenagers were being given a very strong musical ground to stand on and they were extremely keen to learn. I was amazed at their advanced level.