The ministry of music is an important element in the worship and outreach of our churches and has many different facets. A big thank you is due to all our organists. Penally Church Choir do a great job in their church and elsewhere. Music figures prominently in the unique settings of Gumfreston and New Hedges Churches. The young musicians of the Benefice do much to enhance worship at St Julian’s. Mention should be made of the many charity performances by St Mary’s Tenby Handbell Ringers. The sounds of St Mary’s Tower Bells are an uplifting feature on Sundays and many other occasions.
2013 was a busy year for music at St Mary’s. Here are some highlights. The Choir sang at all the regular choral services and provided extra music at the major church Festivals, as well as taking part in concerts and other special events. In June the Choir sang at a service celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. This featured a number of pieces of music performed at the original service. The next month they combined with the Handbell Ringers to present a Summer Concert. Some members took part in a performance of the Brahms Requiem during Tenby Arts Festival.
The Junior Choir continued to make good progress, both in combination with the Senior Choir and in presenting a number of events themselves. They sang in both St Mary’s and St Davids Cathedral for the 10th Anniversary of Plant Dewi. Junior Choir members achieved successes in Associated Board Music Examinations and in the RSCM Voice for Life scheme. The Orchestra played at some Benefice Eucharists during the year.
There has been a robed Choir at St Mary’s continuously since 1869, so 2019 will be our 150th Anniversary. The present membership stands at 25, and we are keen to recruit more singers to maintain and develop our ministry for the future and to help fulfil our many annual commitments.
Several concerts took place at St Mary’s in 2013, many in aid of local, national or international charities. We continued to develop our happy association with Tenby Male Choir and the Griffon Choir as well as providing a venue for some Tenby Arts Festival concerts.
Music in the Benefice is made possible by the hard work, dedication and talents of a large number of people, and I am very grateful to my colleagues for all they do. This report is a welcome opportunity to pay tribute to the work of all the musicians and to say thank you to everyone for their support and encouragement.