Music at St Margaret's
Choral music in St Margaret’s Church dates back at least to the present building’s consecration in 1523.
Currently, the church has its own team of musicians who sing at regular services and memorial services for prominent Parliamentarians.
Two leading Tudor composers were closely associated with the church – Nicholas Ludford was churchwarden, while Robert Whyte played the organ and was buried in the churchyard alongside his wife and four daughters, who all died of the plague between 1572 and 1574.
Over the next few centuries, prominent musical figures who held the post of Organist of St Margaret’s include: Bernard Smith, master organ builder; Edward Purcell, son of Henry Purcell and virtuoso organist Edwin Lemare,
Winston Churchill was married in St Margaret’s in 1908 with a choir singing at the ceremony.
The church was the venue for a number of world premieres in the first quarter of the twenty-first century, including a setting of the Lord’s Prayer in Ukrainian by composer Gareth Treseder as part of a fund-raising concert for Ukrainian refugees in 2022.