Choral celebrations to bring Swansea’s St Mary’s celebrations to a close

Morriston Orpheus Choir and Archbishop John will be joining in St Mary’s Church, Swansea’s anniversary celebrations this weekend.

It is 60 years since St Mary’s was re-consecrated, and 65 since work began to rebuild the ruins left behind by the Swansea Blitz.

Every day until Sunday it is running an exhibition of the history of the city centre church, which was reopened in a service attended by the Queen Mother.

“The exhibition was mainly put together by Paul Murray,” vicar of St Mary’s Canon Ian Rees said. “It’s been his hobby to collect things about St Mary’s for years. He has history which goes back well before the war, almost to the start of when there was a church here.

“We also had a superb concert by the choir from St Martin-in-the-Fields. Our director of music William Reynolds is from Neath and the organist and assistant director of music at St Martin’s also grew up there so he was able to invite them.”

Morriston Orpheus Choir will be performing at 7pm on Saturday (June 1) and tickets are available at or (01792) 655489.

Archbishop John will lead Sunday’s 11am choral Eucharist and all are welcome.

  • You can read more about the remarkable history of St Mary’s in the next edition of Cymuned.