Organ Keys and Stops

The Choir

St Mark’s has a strong choral tradition, and an able choir to match. Consisting of a junior section and a group of experienced senior choristers, both ladies and gentlemen, the choirs lead worship at most of our 10am and 6pm Sunday services, as well as a number of weddings and other special services during the year.

The musical repertoire for the choir is vibrant and diverse, in settings for hymns chants and anthems. We include works as varied as Tallis and John Rutter, singing choruses and modern choir settings by John Bell, Margaret Rizza and compositions from the Taizé community. For up to date music details on what's being played and sung at St Mark's take a look at our Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/stmarksbiltonchoir

New members are always welcome in the choir, in both our junior and senior sections. Practice is every Friday evening at 6.30pm for juniors and 7.15pm for seniors. For more information contact Pattsy Howes at p.howes41@btinternet.com

 

The Organ

At St Mark’s we have a dedicated and talented team of organists who accompany our choir at most of our main services, and many more besides.

Built in 1871 by John Nicholson of Worcester, the organ itself is a very good two manual tracker action instrument. There are seven stops on the Great Manual, nine stops on the Swell and two ranks of pedal pipes 16' and 8'. It was restored in late 1999 with a rebuilt wind chest and new keys.

The organ case was originally made in about 1660 and came from St John's College, Cambridge. When the instrument was new, the pipework was arranged to fit into this historic case and, to achieve success, the organ has the stop controls opposite to the standard arrangement, with Swell on the right and Great on the left.

For more information see our Organ History site.