These words from the book of Psalms encapsulate something of what we understand about the place of music in worship. In Dartmouth, where we are blessed with a large and dedicated band of choristers, music is integral to two of our Sunday services – the 11 a.m. Sung Eucharist and 6.30 p.m. Choral Evensong or Compline – and also for many weddings, funerals and memorial services, and occasional weekday festivals.
For almost 14 years we had an unauditioned SATB parish choir, now numbering some 25 singers, which rehearses each week and sings wherever the service is being held: St Clement’s, St Petrox or St Saviour’s. Both newcomers to our parish and holiday-makers who are accustomed to singing in their home church choirs, are warmly invited to sing with the choir; regular visiting singers from as far afield as Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Worcestershire have sung with us over many years. Accompanied by any one of three highly accomplished organists, who also play splendid organ preludes and concluding voluntaries, we lead our fellow members of the congregation in singing hymns, worship songs, psalms, canticles, anthems and congregational Eucharistic settings from a wide range of composers and musical genres.
Weekly rehearsals are held on Friday evenings from 7.00pm until 9.00pm at St Saviour’s Church during the winter and St Clement’s Church in the summer. New members are always welcome, just come along!
The small but enthusiastic choir at St George’s is always keen to encourage new members. They meet once a month in The Red Lion to practise over a cup of coffee. For further information, including discussions about wedding music please contact
Our churches are also very much involved in local musical events, St George’s holds a charity concert each year on St George’s Day and St Saviour’s often hosts concerts by Dartmouth Orchestral Society, Britannia Choral Society, the Britannia Royal Naval College Volunteer Band and Dartmouth Rock Choir, to name but a few!
During Dart Music Festival St Saviour’s is one of the principal indoor venues and our Regatta Recitals have become a regular feature of the Port of Dartmouth Royal Regatta.
Having begun with the Psalmist, who better for a closing quotation than the great Martin Luther?
“I place music second only to theology.”
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Various other social events are held in the benefice throughout the year including summer cream teas and family barbecue, harvest suppers and epiphany lunches, Spring, Advent and Christmas bazaars as well as Children’s Workshops at Easter and Christmas. The social committee meets regularly, new members are always welcome, for more information please contact the office on:
If you are interested in any of our activities, please contact the organisers listed or the Benefice Office:
Bellringers are fun-loving people of all ages who come together to keep the bells ringing out loud throughout our benefice.
In Dittisham practice is every Tuesday at around 5.00pm though this can vary, new ringers are always welcome, for information contact
The Ringers have a Facebook page see below to see it where you can follow their events and activities.
The Anglican Church has always sought to serve God through the life of the community. Here in Dartmouth we try to do that through involvement in all aspects of local life, including Christians Together in Dartmouth and District, the Dartmouth Food Bank, Sea Sunday celebrations, local Regattas and much more.
The Parish Church Hall near St Clement’s is available for private parties and is used on a regular basis by many local groups. For more information on availability and prices please contact:
Southford Schoolrooms is owned by St Saviour’s Church and is leased to the Dartmouth Pre-School. For more information see: click here check out their face book by