Events supporting the Friends

The Friends of St Mary’s (FOSM) welcomes the acclaimed SongCycle – the all singing all cycling male voice quartet – on the evening of 28th April at St. Mary’s Church.

SongCycle was formed in 1996 following the four founder members first combined entry into the “Friends of Essex Churches Sponsored Cycle ride” when, as well as raising money for charity by cycling from church to church, they sang a different four part motet in each one and have continued to do so every year, having raised over £42,000 to date. They have performed at St Mary’s Trumpington as well as at All Saints’ Haslingfield and other nearby churches in aid of Charity.

Since its  inception SongCycle has progressed to singing in a variety of styles which is not barbershop, but ‘à la King’s Singers’ and their repertoire ranges from the sacred motets and canticles which they sing in cathedrals and churches to popular music by composers such as Lennon and McCartney and Billy Joel. They even manage some popular children’s television theme tunes. Their renditions of ‘Postman Pat’ and ‘Bob the Builder’ are certainly not to be missed, and you will always be guaranteed good professional entertainment.

So put the 28th April in your diary, then get your tickets, which will include nibbles wine/fruit juice, from your churchwardens.The poster is here

One of our first events was where we supported a concert by the choir “In Voco Parentis” on the 3rd of December 2016 in the Church.

The 13th May had to go into your calender for a concert by the Bedford Gallery Quire which will have a focus on Church music history. The event started at 7pm with the opportunity to get a glass of wine or fruit juice prior to the concert which starts at 7:30pm.

  • Tickets were available at just £8 from Budgens, Cruickshanks the Butchers and from the Churchwardens and Trustees.
  • If you can walk up to the church that would be great as we hope to attract an audience from around the village and from Cambridgshire.
  • This concert is not just ‘Church’ music but encompasses wider village music of the period.

Bedford Gallery Quire is a community group of singers and instrumentalists performing three and four part musical pieces from the West Gallery period, around 1700 to 1850.

Bedford Gallery Quire in costume

Bedford Gallery Quire in costume

The  Quire provides voice parts of Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass with instruments doubling the vocal lines, they perform in costume representing what might have been worn by their counterparts in Bedford around 1810—1830.  They have no religious affiliation and members are of all faiths and none.

The poster advertising the concert can be seen here GalleryQuire Concert 




Please visit our stall at the Church Fete on Bank Holiday Monday 28th August

Here you could hear more about what we hope to achieve, look at the 3D map of Listed Buildings in Comberton and the work urgently needed to the Church building itself.

We hope you are able to join our group to help in any way and also donate to our fund raising. We have a target to raid £35,000 in the next few years.

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