St Nicholas has had a strong musical tradition for a long time. There are frequent concerts in the church, and the village primary school's orchestra used to perform regularly in prestigious venues such as the Festival Hall.
It would be nice to say St Nicholas was 'immortalized' in the song "St Nicholas-at-Wade" published by Boosey & Co. in 1924 (words by Royden Barrie — a pseudonym for Harry Rodney Bennett, poet and father of local hero Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, music by Kennedy Russell (1883-1954); this pair went on to produce 'hits' such as Poor Man's Garden). But even the people of the village only rediscovered the song by chance in around 2004. The description in the lyrics is however quite glowing, and of course absolutely true (here is a simple MIDI file of the song). The music is listed on Amazon UK, although it is not clear if it is actually available for purchase.
There's a quaint little sleepy town Not so far from the sea, But you'll get no particulars But the bare name from me, Or you'd crowd there in millions, In your best clothes arrayed, To St Nicholas, St Nicholas, St Nicholas-at-Wade, St Nicholas-at-Wade Now the men of St Nicholas Are the best in the land, And there ain't much in politics That they don't understand, 'Twould surprise 'em in parliament At the wisdom displayed At St Nicholas, St Nicholas, St Nicholas-at-Wade, St Nicholas-at-Wade But as cute as we fellows are, The maids have us beat, They're so rosy and cuddlesome, So winsome and sweet; Any evening in summer time It is two in the shade At St Nicholas, St Nicholas, St Nicholas-at-Wade Now your London's a finer place, Aye and smarter, may be, But altho' it was twice as fine, You can keep it for me, All I want is a cottage And just my own little maid At St Nicholas, St Nicholas, St Nicholas-at-Wade, St Nicholas-at-Wade
|Here is an amateur recording of the song performed by the village choir (complete with honky tonk piano!).
Here is the choir again, singing an anthem at the annual Harvest Festival: