Music has always been an important part of the identity of our church. This became especially true during the long and productive tenure of Healey Willan at SMM from 1921 until his death in 1968. His famed choir and own virtuosic skill as an organist brought renown to the church.
This legacy has evolved over the years, and the music programme has come to be one with breadth of variety and style. We are fortunate to have a large number of skilled musicians who contribute greatly to the musical life of our parish: these include our three choirs, and the Orff Ensemble. Other instruments also participate in music-making at SMM at both the 9.30 and 11.00 masses.
Resident ensembles such as Schola Magdalena add richness to our musical life in the parish. The Chant Club provides opportunities for people to learn ancient forms in an enjoyable and relaxed way. The Healey Willan Memorial Organ, made famous by Healey Willan’s improvisations and liturgical accompaniment, graces the various liturgies with grandeur.