Music at St Mary's

St Mary’s has had a band of all age, ability and instruments for almost 20 years, providing music for the All-Age Worship service on the first Sunday of the month.  We provide a safe, welcoming, supportive environment.  Our ethos is one of inclusion; age, instrument, ability, or skill level, all are welcome.

You do not have to be a regular St Mary’s church attender to play.  We actively encourage and enable players, young as well as those of more mature years deciding to learn an instrument, to play with us.

Currently the band has 12 playing members – trumpet, tenor sax, alto sax, keyboard, flute, acoustic & electric guitar, cellos, violin, recorder & clarinet.

As well as worship music, we play all genres – classical, blues, film, pop.

Our rehearsals are usually on the Saturday afternoon/evening before the Sunday service.  Individual’s commitments are always taken into consideration. 

Extra Activities

We provide the music for the Winterburn Polytunnel Carol Service, when past members and other Embsay musicians join us.

We invite and provide an opportunity for other music groups to join us; U3A recorder group, Ukulele group, Craven Accordion Orchestra’s and new ensembles at events.  Events have included; Picnic in the Pews, Music in the Meadow.

If you would like to try us out, or know more about what we do, you can contact Yvonne on 07749078691 email or contact any other band member.

The band are supremely good company, non-critical, have a wicked sense of humour, love meeting and joining with other like-minded people for fun,  ragging the conductor, which makes the work involved in arranging music such a great pleasure.


We are delighted to tell you our young cellist has been selected to play in the National Children’s Orchestra.