The Organ In Action!

Organ events and recitals 2018


Organ Console Portrait

St. Mary's Barnard Castle


Music at St. Mary's


There has been a SATB robed choir at St. Mary's for many years. Today we still maintain a regular Sunday choir. In addition we have a well supported community choir and band.


We are delighted to welcome our visiting musicians this year, and we look forward to sharing our organ and resources for future events.

All our events are free, but donations are gratefully received and will go directly towards the musical life of this church.


The Organ

Installed in 2007 by Copeman Hart, the organ is a superb example of its kind. Three manuals, 57 speaking stops and custom designed speaker housing makes for an instrument that looks good and can sound great!

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Music for May

Wednesday 23rd May @ 6pm - 7pm

Martha Hayward - Soprano

Matthew Lazenby - Organ

A wonderfully varied programme to suit all musical tastes. Music to include well-known opera, musicals, folk songs, organ music and even a French Parlour song to enjoy with a glass of wine!

 Matthew Lazenby

Martha Hayward 


Organ Roadshow

Saturday 2nd June @ 10am - 3pm

Organ World are coming to St.Mary's. With an exciting range of digital organs to try out or listen to, sheetmusic to browse, CD's/DVD's on sale and with refreshments on hand, this event will be fun for everyone, not just for organists!

Schools Event

Wednesday 20th June @ 9.30 / 1.30 performances at 11.15am and 3.15pm.

Year 4's and 5's from Green Lane CE Primary school join us in a creative response story telling event.

Drawing inspiration from the rather nasty Peg Powler, a character in English folklore who dwells in the river Tees, we will use the organ, percussion and voice for a performance based on our workshop.

A Musical Spectacular

with Barnard Castle Brass band and St. Mary's Community Choir.

Sunday 24th June @ 7.30pm.

Featuring music from the 1940's to the present day, this event includes some familiar, inspirational and well-loved tunes for all to enjoy.

Doors open 7pm (donations welcome) Bar

 Organ Recital

Wednesday 11th July @12.30pm

Concert organist and choral conductor Edward Taylor gives our first of our Wednesday recitals in July. Edward is the Assistant Organist and Youth Choir Director at Carlisle Cathedral.

Organ Recital

Wednesday 18th July @ 12.30pm

One of the regions most talented organists, we are delighted to welcome back Andrew Christer, Director of Music and Organist at St John the Evangelist Church, Darlington.

Organ Recital

Wednesday 25th July @12.30pm

Nick WiseNick Wise is no stranger to St Mary's Barnard Castle, having grown up singing in the church choir and playing the organ during his time Nick deputises on the organ for services at Beverley Minster and is a regular performer in the Barnard Castle recital series.

Patronal Festival

of St Mary the Virgin

Saturday September 8th@ 7pm.

Join Keith Dale, Assistant Organist at Hexham Abbey and Choral Director, The Highside Singers, a community choir based in Kirkby Malzeard for an evening of musical delights.

The evening will feature some organ favourites played by Keith.

Doors open 6.30pm. Free entry (donations welcome). Bar.

Harvest Home

Sunday, 7th October @ 3pm.


Welcome to our harvest home. With our organ, voices, musicians and an afternoon tea, we celebrate harvest as one big family. It's for the young, it's for our local care home residents, and it's for everyone in-between.