Welcome to Music at St. Martin's
MUSIC AT ST MARTIN’S came into being as a result of a happy collaboration between the then rector Michael Thompson, John & Joy Pye, Stephen Johnston and Paul White (then Director of Music at the Endowed Schools), whose love of music encouraged them to hold regular concerts in the glorious acoustics of this historic church. As the momentum grew, a number of concerts were organised with visiting choirs and groups, supported by local hotels and businesses who took advertising space in concert programmes.
A Handel’s Messiah workshop was arranged with Paul White as the director and we were delighted when the singers included Lady Victoria, Simon Leatham, Miranda and Orlando Rock. Fergus Black became Director of Music at the benefice and was persuaded to support the Music at St Martin’s initiative, bringing together talented local musicians to give concerts, including a group of women singers who became known as the St Martins Singers.
The initial ideas - to enable more people to appreciate the building, to raise the musical profile of this magnificent church in Stamford and to help raise funds for its maintenance - remain at the centre of Music at St Martin’s.
We now have a formal structure, with charitable status and over the years Music at St Martin’s has succeeded in making a substantial contribution to the Fabric Fund. However, with the necessity for expensive work on the church roof, combined with rising costs, the committee wishes to make a more valuable contribution to this vital work.
In 2014 we celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Music at St Martin’s and we are very grateful to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Bill & Sue Clements, Julius Geeson of Smallwood Architects and John & Joy Pye who have undertaken to sponsor three of our concerts. As well as the new sponsorship scheme, we can now offer Season Tickets and we hope that all our supporters will enjoy the particularly splendid season of events on offer this year. A full copy of our 2014 Season Brochure can be downloaded here.
Details of our AGM on Tuesday 17th June 2014 can be found on the News page.
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