Church of St Mary and St Gabriel in the Totnes Mission Community

Church Choir

The choir, under the direction of Wyn Turner, sing “Just as I am” by J.H.Maunder                                                      (recorded by John Cox, April 2018)

The church has a strong and enthusiastic SATB choir comprising some twenty members, all of whom live in the parish. The choir participates at all the sung services of the church with the majority regularly turning out for the principal Sunday morning and for festival services. In months where there is a fifth Sunday, the choir sings a full Choral Evensong with Introit and Anthem, the appointed psalm and choral settings of the Nunc Dimittis and Magnificat by Stanford, Walmisley, Wood and others. The choir also sings at Christmas in St Michael’s, a private chapel in Waddeton and at weddings and funerals, throughout the year, as requested. Each year the choir performs a substantial choral work, specifically organised as a community event. For this the choir is augmented, with local singers and friends who appreciate the opportunity to take part. and to sing more challenging repertoire. Recent years have seen performances of Faure’s Requiem, Rutter’s Requiem and Schubert’s Mass in G Major sung in liturgical settings.

The choir has regular hour-long, practice sessions every Friday at 7.00pm and half-hour sessions immediately before the main sung services. Members of the choir participate in RSCM events and in services of Choral Evensong at St Mary’s Church, Totnes, as well as other local choirs. Although the church doesn’t have a permanent Director of Music, it is blessed to have organist Wyn Turner as its choir master who takes the Friday practice sessions and plays at Evensong. In addition, Michael Keast and Brian Apperson take the shorter Sunday morning practice sessions and play the organ for the principal service of the day. Several other organists play from time to time.

The choir is about much more than leading the singing in church. It has a strong social and community commitment, regularly competing (and winning) in the village carnival and meeting at a nearby restaurant for dinner once a year with partners. It is open and welcoming of new SATB talent who have a joy for choral singing and a passion for fun and social interaction.

The choir, with organist Wyn Turner, sing “Song of Mary” by Richard Sheppard                                                                                   (recorded by John Cox, April 2018)


Sue Massey
01803 782274


Royal Society of Church Music Devon