St Mary & St Margaret - Castle Bromwich Parish Church



We've planned a series of afternoon concerts by leading local musicians. There's no charge but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Organ Fund. 


Next up  . . .

Sunday 8 September at 3 pm

John Saunders-baroque flute, Sarah Saunders baroque oboe, Martin Bates harpsichord

Coming soon . . .

Sunday 10 November at 3 pm

Birmingham Savoyards

Past Concerts

Sunday 14 July 2019 at 3 pm

Songsquad - Allison Taylor directs St Alphege C of E Junior School Choir, Solihull

 The award-winning SongSquad was formed in 2010 by Music Coordinator Allison Taylor at St Alphege CofE Junior School, Solihull as an after school club - it currently boasts some 60 members. 


Sunday 12 May at 3 pm

Sue Bates, soprano accompanied by our own church organist Martin Bates, organ and keyboard:


Bach’s Toccata in D Minor
Sinding - Rustle of the Spring
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody 
Mendelssohn - Hear Ye Israel from Elijah
Faure - Apres Un Reve
Gershwin - I’ve got Rhythm





Sunday 10 March 2019 - The Himley Duo

Anna Downes (violin)  and Tony Bridgewater (piano) - The Himley Duo
Anna Downes (violin) and Tony Bridgewater (piano) - The Himley Duo


The Himley Duo are Anna Downes and Tony Bridgewater. They are well-established in the West Midlands and beyond, giving regular recitals across the area. Their wide repertoire encompasses works from the Baroque period through to contemporary music. Anna began to play the violin at an early age and studied at the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and with David Gregory of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She has a busy career as a freelance violinist and performs with many leading orchestras. Tony was a student at the Birmingham School of Music and is also a regular chamber music player and accompanist with other music groups.


The Mastoly Quartet - Sunday 13 January 2019

The Mastoly Quartet - 

Lynne Hodgson - trumpet      Stephen Mayes - French horn

Tony Miller - trombone           Margaret Croucher - piano

played the first in the series of free concerts to a packed church some 20 varied pieces including Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, Berwald's Adagio & Finale from Quartet in E#, Sonata for trumpet & trombone by Poulenc, Howard Goodall's Psalm 23 (Vicar of Dibley theme) and La Cucaracha. 

We thank them most sincerely for giving their time and talent freely to help our cause and we were very encouraged by a large and supportive audience. 


The Project Launch 14 October 2018

Sunday 14 October saw the launch of the Castle Bromwich Organ Restoration Appeal. Following the Sunday service our church organist Martin Bates demonstrated what this old organ is still capable of and told a little of its history. 


Click here for more on The Launch.


Requests - Sundays after the morning service

Each week after the 10 am Parish Communion Service, our organist Martin Bates plays a requested piece of music in return for a donation to the Organ Restoration Fund. Pieces are chosen just for pleasure or may be dedicated in memory or celebration of a person or event. Get in touch!

J.S.Bach, D minor Two-Part Invention.

J.S.Bach, Goldberg Variations

Mendelssohn, Wedding March.

George Frederick Handel, Organ Concerto Op.4 No.6

Vaughan-Williams, The Lark Ascending. 

Mozart, Clarinet Quintet

Hubert Parry 'I was glad' composed for the Coronation of Edward VII

Elgar, Pomp & Circumstance March

Rogers & Hammerstein, Oh what a beautiful morning

Sheep may safely graze, J S Bach

Vivaldi's Four Seasons - Spring

and - would you believe ?! - Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody


It is remarkable what Martin can coax out of this old organ, but he tells us he is careful which notes he plays - some keys stick and keep on playing and some don't play at all!



Martin gives to talks to local groups about the history of the organ. He has recently visited the North Arden Local History Society, St Mary & St Margaret's Mothers' Union and Yardley & Sheldon Rotary Club.

If you would like to book him for your organisation, do get in touch!

Visiting organist


We were pleased to welcome a visiting organist, Margaret Croucher, organist at St Giles' church, Sheldon, who played for us during the Heritage Open Day in September 2018. 



Many thanks to all who took part in our raffle recently. Over £1000 was raised for the Organ Restoration Project. 

April 2019

Quiz Night


On Saturday 10 November the bellringers held a Quiz night in aid of the Organ Restoration Appeal. Nearly £400 was raised. Thank you, bellringers!