St Mary Redcliffe Church has a long and distinguished musical tradition. There are usually three sung Sunday services each week at which one of the church choirs (or a visiting choir) sings.
The church has a large and famous pipe organ by Harrison and Harrison of Durham, built in 1912, which is highly regarded as a masterpiece of Edwardian craftsmanship.
We have four choirs, details of which can be found below and offer organ and choral scholarships; again see below for more information.
Each week we host a free organ recital on Thursday lunchtime, with organists from around the country and from further afield. Details of the current season can be viewed to the right. Join us if you can!
For details of this month's music take a look at our monthy music list and remember to look at our events page for information about concerts in church.
Lastly there are CDs of our music available from the Parish Office, details of which can be found on this page.
At the east end of the north ambulatory, you will find a stained glass window that commemorates the composer Handel, it was installed to mark the centenary of his death.
Handel was a friend of the then Vicar of St Mary Redcliffe, Thomas Broughton, and probably visited him here. So, he may have played the Harris and Byfield organ that was fitted in this church at that time (some of its pipes are in the present organ).
Shown in this window are musical phrases from one of Handel’s greatest works, the Messiah, which tells the story of Jesus Christ from birth, through death to his glorious resurrection.